New Waves May 2011

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

May is American Wetlands Month

May is American Wetlands Month This May marks the 21st annual American Wetlands Month. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created American Wetlands Month in 1991 to “celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to the nation and educate Americans about the value of wetlands as a natural resource,” according to EPA’s website.

The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership, administered by the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), is doing its part to preserve wetlands by constructing wetlands, conserving and restoring existing wetland habitats and hosting wetland maintenance training courses.

According to TWRI Project Manager Allen Berthold, “In addition to creating wetlands that will help improve water quality in the Arroyo Colorado, we also held a wetland maintenance workshop so that the cities’ Parks and Recreation employees could sustainably maintain the wetlands and the cities could use the wetlands’ various benefits for years to come.” For more information on the project, visit arroyocolorado.org.

For more information on what you can do to protect and restore wetlands, visit water.epa.gov.

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