Steve Hussey, Natural Resources Planner SJC Conservation District
What is a Wetland?
•Wetlands are lands where saturation of water is the dominant factor determiningthe nature of the soil, and the types of animal and plant communities.•Wetlands are transition lands betweenterrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Do Wetlands Matter?
•Wetlands provide breeding and rearinghabitat for many species.•They provide flood protection:
–They act like giant sponges –Dampen peak flows
–Trap sediment –Pollutants adhere to wetland soils –Provide phytoremediation