Why Are Wetlands Important?

Wetlands are valuable for a variety of reasons.  Here are some analogies to help explain things better. 

 

They absorb water and provide flood control.

 

They are a resting place for migratory birds.

 

They mix oxygen and nutrients into the water.

 

They provide nutrient-rich food for people and wildlife.

 

They grab nitrogen from the air, the stuff life is made of!

 

They help clean the environment.

 

They are home to a diversity of wildlife.

 

They filter toxins and debris from water making it cleaner.

 

They are a nursery for fish and young wildlife (they provide shelter, protection, and food).

Besides all these important reasons, wetlands also provide recreational, educational, and research opportunities!

 

Find out more about estuaries and other wetlands.
Short film about Why TRNERR is so Important.
http://coast.noaa.gov/estuaries
http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/