May is American Wetlands Month

May is American Wetlands Month, celebrating the ecological, economic and social importance of wetlands. American Wetlands Month was established in 1991 by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Wetlands are areas of land that are permanently or seasonally inundated with water, like marshes, swamps and bogs.

These water sources are critical ecosystems that house fish, plants and wildlife. Wetlands also act as natural filters by absorbing nutrients, sediments and other pollutants before they reach larger bodies of water like rivers, lakes and oceans.

The presence and abundance of wetlands are threatened by climate change, driving the need for conservation efforts.

As temperatures increase and the timing and duration of precipitation changes, wetland conditions will have to adapt. Coastal wetlands are also extremely vulnerable to sea-level rise, altering water and soil chemistry.

To learn more about the importance of wetlands, check out these TWRI articles:

To stay up to date with news and resources about wetlands this May, follow #AmericanWetlandsMonth on social media.

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