What are Wetlands - Why are they Important?
Wetlands are defined as areas where over 50% of the plants present are wetland species and the presence of hydric soils.  Soils that are saturated for at least two weeks in the growing season have such plants and soils.  Our swamps, marshes, wet meadows, bogs, streams, river, lakes, and ponds are wetlands.

Wetlands are protected because they: absorb water thus recharging the ground water and preventing flooding; act as filters thus cleansing water; contain microorganisms and a myriad of other larger organisms that take in pollutants, break them down to harmless usable compounds, and release them thus making them available; provide essential habitat for wildlife; are sources of drinking water; provide for flood stoarge.