Wetlands in Florida may seem like large bodies of water that get in the way of developments but they are much more than that. Florida and other states in the US need wetlands for their residents and many people don’t even know how important they are. Wetlands beneficial in many different ways and should be protected instead of destroyed. They help enhance nature’s productive nature system. Here is how the wetlands are beneficial and how to protect the wetlands in Florida.
Benefits of Wetlands
Florida has many days where it rains non-stop. The wetlands help hold the excess amounts of waters to help reduce the chances of floods in our areas.
They are able to clean and recharge ground water. This helps our tap water in Florida say clean. The wetlands in Florida provide drinking water to 7 million Floridians.
The wetlands hold thousands of different species. They help enhance wildlife habitat and keep species from extinction.
They also sequester carbon and also multiple recreational actives such as
- Bird watching
How To Protect Wetlands
If you believe in the beneficial uses of wetlands in Florida, than you can also help protect wetlands yourself.
“For more than 20 years, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) former Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) was used to enroll record numbers of acreage to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private lands. During that time, private landowners and entities such as land trusts and conservation organizations enrolled 2.7 million acres through 14,500 agreements for a total NRCS and partner investment of $4.3 billion in financial and technical assistance. NRCS and its partners used the former WRP to ensure they achieved the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every enrolled acre.”
There are many different restoration programs that are working on saving and protecting the wetlands from any present and future harm.
75% of the wetlands in the US are on private or tribal lands. There are hundreds of Florida residents that take big and small actions everyday to help protect the wetlands. NRCS has committed about $65 million to help restore and protect the wetlands but the wetlands need help from Florida residents too.