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There is a lot of information out there about protecting lakes and streams, but did you know that wetlands need protecting too? Wetlands are characterized by wet soils and support vegetation that adapt to the damp conditions. They function as natural sponges that trap and slowly release surface water, rain, snowmelt, groundwater, and floodwater. As they trap and release water they filter out pollutants (especially phosphorus), control erosion, and provide habitat for birds, fish, and other wildlife.
If you live near a wetland, you can take steps to ensure you are helping protect this important resource:
To learn more about wetlands and wetland restorations, visit www.minnehahacreek.org/education/keep-our-water-clean-home/wetlands.
Photo and article by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District