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.
Latest News and Reports
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
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
Product Summary web page.
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.
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