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Why Worry About Wetlands?

March 25, 2012
By Becky Nystrom , Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

Wetlands are among the most productive and valuable ecosystems of the biological world, and include marshes, wet meadows, wooded swamps and bogs, as well as natural floodplains along rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. While wetlands may be described as areas where land and water meet or where soils are saturated for extended periods, standing water may or may not always be obvious, and waterlogged soils may exist only part of the year.



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