National Wetlands Inventory

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Wetlands provide a multitude of ecological, economic and social benefits. They provide habitat for fish, wildlife and a variety of plants. Wetlands are nurseries for many saltwater and freshwater fishes and shellfish of commercial and recreational importance. Wetlands are also important landscape features because they hold and slowly release flood water and snow melt, recharge groundwater, recycle nutrients, and provide recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of people.

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Coastal Watershed photo iconNew Coastal Wetlands Report Announced
The Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds of the Conterminous United States 2004 to 2009  was released on November 21, 2013. This report is a joint effort with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and was also funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This report tracked wetland loss in the watersheds of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts, as well as the Great Lakes. It concludes that more than 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands are being lost on average each year, up from 60,000 acres lost per year during the previous study. Click here to download the Coastal Wetlands Report (12MB PDF); News Release (PDF); Questions and Answers (PDF); Fact Sheet (PDF).
SWI map iconSurface Waters and Wetlands Inventory – Coming Soon!
Often referred to as Version 2.0 of the National Wetlands Inventory, the Surface Waters and Wetlands Inventory provides more inclusive geospatial data of all wetlands and surface water features. This national geospatial data product will contribute substantially to improved modeling of flow and water movement in surface water basins, channels, and wetlands.  For more information visit the SWI Product Summary web page.
Plant List website iconPublication of the Final National Wetland Plant List
The US Army Corps of Engineers, as part of an interagency effort with the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, is announcing the availability of the final 2012 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The NWPL is used to determine whether the hydrophytic vegetation parameter is met when conducting wetland determinations under the Clean Water Act and the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act.  The list will become effective on 6/1/12.  Click here to download the list, or click here to for the Federal Register notice.
Status and Trends Report iconStatus and Trends of Wetlands in the Conterminous United States 2004 to 2009: Report to Congress on the status and trends of our Nation's wetlands resources
This report is the latest in a continuous series spanning 50 years of wetlands data. It represents the most comprehensive and contemporary effort to track wetlands resources at a national scale.
Click here to download the report and related documents.
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