Wetlands vs. Watersheds

Did you know:

Wetlands and watersheds are directly correlated, yet distinctly different.

A watershed is an area of land that drains into a common waterway, like a stream or river, which then drains into a larger body of water, like the ocean. But how are watersheds and wetlands related? Wetlands provide a link between a watershed and a body of water. Wetlands are significant and directly correlated to watersheds by being an imperative natural system which provides water filtering, decreasing of speed by storage of floodwaters, and protection of coastal shorelines. The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act recognizes the importance of wetlands to watersheds, especially during times of high flooding. CWPPRA continues to work diligently to protect, restore, and enhance critical wetlands.



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