Calling all Wetlands is an interactive and searchable collection of wetland images and corresponding information. The gallery provides an image framework of wetland habitats from across the United States and around the World. The intent is to support, update, and add new images of wetlands provided through crowd sourcing. The Calling all Wetlands project is a citizen science initiative developed by Wetland Education Through Maps and Aerial Photography (WETMAAP), a program of CNL World, a scientific educational and professional outreach non-profit organization.
Coastal wetlands filter waters that drain into the ocean, reduce the damaging effects of hurricanes and storms on coastal communities, help shorelines adapt to climate change, and play a pivotal role in the productivity of commercial and recreational fisheries. Coastal wetlands continue to disappear at higher rates than inland areas.
The Digital Coast is used to address timely coastal issues, including land use, coastal conservation, hazards, marine spatial planning, and climate change. One of the goals behind the creation of the Digital Coast is to unify groups that might not otherwise work together. This partnership network brings together a strong collaboration of coastal professionals intent on addressing coastal resource management needs such as conserving coastal wetlands.
The anniversary of American Wetlands Month is a great opportunity to discover and teach others about the important role that wetlands play in our environment and the significant benefits they provide — improved water quality, increased water storage and supply, reduced flood and storm surge risk, and critical habitat for plants, fish, and wildlife.
The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Wetlands Program is to encourage and enable others to act effectively in protecting and restoring the Nation's wetlands and associated ecosystems, including shallow open waters and free-flowing streams. In doing so, the program engages in two principal categories of activities -- establishing national standards and assisting others to meet them.
May is American Wetlands Month. Celebrate with a wade through states, territories, and commonwealths.
The ICEE, located on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus, fosters research on the restoration of coastal ecosystems (wetlands and estuaries) in the United States by uniting a wide variety of researchers from many different fields of scientific research.
The National Park Service manages more than 16 million acres of wetlands, including salt and freshwater marshes, swamps, peatlands, mudflats and similar aquatic areas. These highly productive and biologically diverse systems enhance water quality, control erosion, maintain stream flows, sequester carbon, and harbor at least 35% of threatened and endangered species. Their aesthetic appeal, diverse recreational opportunities, and important cultural landscape contributions make wetlands an integral part of the park visitor experience.
The NRI is conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with the Iowa State University Statistical Laboratory. The NRI is a statistical survey of land use and natural resource conditions and trends on U.S. non-Federal lands, including wetlands.
The Bureau of Land Management National Riparian Service Team (NRST) leads an interagency effort to accelerate cooperative riparian restoration and management, focusing primarily in the Western United States. A network comprised of teams and individuals with Federal and State agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and private affiliations are implementing the Creeks and Communities Strategy at the State and regional scale. Emphasis is placed on providing opportunities for people to work cooperatively, across all land ownerships and administrative jurisdictions, to share knowledge and develop a common vision for riparian-wetland areas on a landscape scale.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency that provides information to the public on the extent and status of the Nation's wetlands. The agency has developed a series of topical maps to show wetlands and deepwater habitats. This geospatial information is used by Federal, State, and local agencies, academic institutions, and private industry for management, research, policy development, education and planning activities. Digital data can be viewed and downloaded through several methods.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve natural resources and the environment. This site provides online access to reports, regulations, and information on wetlands programs and training opportunities.
The Forest Service manages streams and adjacent uplands to ensure continued benefits to dependent resources - fisheries, wildlife, and water - while providing a broad range of services, including recreation, forest products, and grazing.
Water is one of the most important natural resources flowing from forests. The Forest Service manages the largest single source of water in U.S., with about 18% originating from 193 million acres of land. A network of water and watershed resource specialists support stewardship efforts at all levels of the organization to promote healthy, sustainable watersheds fundamental to ecosystems and people. This effort includes the areas of Watershed Restoration, Water Rights, Water Quality, Hydrology, Ground Water, Riparian, and Wetlands.
Section 404 of the Clean Water Act requires that anyone interested in depositing dredged or fill material into "waters of the United States, including wetlands," must receive authorization for such activities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been assigned responsibility for administering the Section 404 permitting process. This site provides information on what is considered a wetland under Section 404, why wetlands are important, how to request a wetland determination, and enforcement activities. Links to wetland delineation reports, manuals, and resources are also included.
The Wetland Image Gallery compiles wetland images and corresponding information from the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Wetland Classification System. The Gallery provides a searchable database of various wetland habitats. The site is maintained by the FGDC, an interagency committee that promotes the coordinated development, use, sharing, and dissemination of geospatial data on a national basis. FGDC activities are administered through the FGDC Secretariat, hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Wetlands Research and Technology Center (WRTC) consolidates administrative, technological, and research skills in the area of wetlands science and engineering that are available at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). The WRTC provides a single point of contact for wetlands research and development, guidance, support and technology transfer.
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Wetlands are found from the tundra to the tropics, and on every continent except Antarctica. The EPA Wetlands Program has assembled resources from several Federal, State, and local programs to provide information on definitions and types of wetlands, fact sheets, regulatory information, and status and trends reports.