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May 18, 2013

Ways You Help Wetlands

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Nearly 75% of all wetlands are privately owned, making it imperative that the public participate in wetland management and protection. Here are some things you can do:
  • Conserve and restore wetlands on your property.
  • Support local wetlands and watershed protection initiatives by donating materials, time, or money.
  • Work with your local municipalities and state to develop laws and ordinances that protect and restore wetlands.
  • Purchase federal duck stamps from your local post office to support wetland acquisition.
  • Participate in the Clean Water Act Section 404 program and state regulatory programs by reviewing public notices and commenting on applications.
  • Encourage neighbors and developers to protect the function and value of wetlands in your watershed.
  • Avoid wetland alteration or degradation during project construction.
  • Maintain wetlands and adjacent buffer strips as open space.
  • Reduce the amount of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides applied to lawns and gardens.
"He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man."

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