wetlands - Wetland Protection Just as climate change and...

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Wetland Protection Just as climate change and pollution has become an issue, the danger of wetland loss has also become an issue. During settlement of the U.S., wetlands were considered “bug-infested, disease- ridden wastelands” that impeded settlement and economic development. Wetland Protection has become a crucial issue in the present as the importance of wetlands has come to realization. Until the 1980’s, wetlands were mainly viewed as a transitional zone in a sequence of ecosystem progress from lakes to grasslands. They are crucial natural processes due to the fact that wetland facilitate in controlling floods which helps reduce property damage and can even save lives. Even though there are many benefits of wetlands, there is more than 60,000 acres of wetlands lost per year. The very ability of wetlands to protect lands has become a major cause of overloading and contamination of these ecosystems. The damage of wetlands interrupts wildlife habitat for a wide range of terrestrial and semi-aquatic animals and numerous plant species. EPA has initiated many programs in order to conserve, restore, and monitor wetlands.
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course GEOL 123 taught by Professor Kim during the Winter '11 term at Bowling Green.

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