What you can do?
Instead of draining or filling wetlands, maintain wetlands.
They offer excellent recreational opportunities, provide habitat for
wildlife and improve the water quality in local waterways.
Instead of constructing bulkheads to reduce erosion,
use vegetative alternatives such as marsh planting, sometimes fronted
by rock barriers known as riprap. Shoreline vegetation anchors sediment
in place, absorbs wave energy and creates habitat areas.
Buy and collect Federal Duck Stamps, available at post
offices and National Wildlife Refuges. Duck Stamp funds have acquired
nearly 4 million acres of wetlands.
Become involved with local issues that may affect wetlands
in your community. Each small parcel of wetlands lost leads to a cumulative
loss of wildlife, clean water and recreation. Wetlands have real value
to all of us. By protecting wetlands now, we ensure that the values
they provide will be preserved for future generations.
What can you do?
January 28, 2011