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Importance of Wetlands

Image of Lake MartinWetlands offer many significant benefits for fish and wildlife as well as society. They provide habitat for thousands of species of aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals. Wetlands are valuable to humans for flood protection, water quality improvement, shoreline erosion control, natural products, recreation, and aesthetics. Researchers throughout the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) play significant roles in providing scientific understanding of how wetlands work and the importance of wetlands in many aspects of our lives. To learn more, see Wetlands.

The Director of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center shares personal stories in this interview as we Wade into Wetlands Research. Listen now to learn about these important National treasures that help shelter us from storms and provide critical breeding and/or nursery grounds and habitat for numerous species. Wetlands can be compared to the proverbial "canary in the mineshaft" in terms of monitoring ecosystem health. As he notes, wetlands are not wastelands at all; they are valuable natural wonderlands.

May is American Wetlands Month and USGS is celebrating the important role that wetlands play in our Nation's environmental, ecological, and socioeconomic health. To watch videos, find Fact Sheets, and read fascinating information about wetlands, check out the Ecosystems pages on American Wetlands Month. Our Science Features Blog is another not-to-be-missed resource. The blog takes readers behind the scenes as scientists study the critical role of wetlands in our environment.

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