As decades continued to pass by the wetlands change. "People have begun to realize that wetlands are valuable and productive ecosystems that fulfill an essential function for both humans and wildlife. Due to their unique characteristics, wetlands can support a wide diversity of plants, mammals, reptiles, birds and fish. They also control floodwaters and protect us from storms and hurricanes. Wetlands also improve water quality by filtering, cleaning and storing water. Lastly, many people rely on wetlands for their livelihood, as they are important centers for hunting, fishing and recreation." Referring to this from "Wetlands and Habitat Loss", we now see how wetlands are valuable and helpful to the ecosystem. The wetlands are known for our water source. Many people depend on the Everglades for a water source. We also use the Everglades for activities. These activities include fishing, recreation, and
16. Can ecosystems be restored? What has to happen for that to work? Ecosystems can be restored by retaining and restoring the ecological sustainability of watersheds, forests, and rangelands for present and future generations.
The wetlands does only help the wildlife and humans it helps from damaging property, Now you think I'm crazy but I'm not ok, now listen, wetland can help us by storm like hurricanes', floods, and many more. Take for example, in New Orleans, Louisiana, has suffered extremely consequence of the hurricane Katrina, one of the most powerful hurricane in the entire untied states history. Scientist believe that hurricane would did less damage if they had more wetlands, but in the 1800's they destroy the wetlands for more land and because the mosquitos that cause the yellow
In conclusion we should persevere wetland for the following reasons. They are beautiful lands that
Recently, the heap of pollution caused a massive drainage in the Everglades’ water quality. Tramontana and Johnson (2003) reported that “much of Florida’s early development was based upon draining and removing excess water from wetlands… and it was thought if drained, the land could be put to better use” (Human Development section, para. 2). Pollution destroys the cleanliness of the wetland leading to a decrease in restoration. Millions amount of cash produced to repair water quality leads to the consequences of continuous flow of freshwater.
For this week’s forum, after searching for “wetlands restoration,” I found a local wetlands restoration project that was completed in November 2011 and encompassed an area of 150 acres. The San Dieguito Wetland Restoration Project included the coastal area of San Dieguito Lagoon and the San Dieguito River Park – estuarine and riverine wetland systems, respectively - which serve an important role in the local ecology. They provide a stop for birds along the Pacific Flyway, nesting and foraging areas for endangered species and serve as a fish hatchery.
Considering spatial variability of public’s preference for the Everglades restoration Everglades, the largest subtropical wetland of North America, has encountered anthropogenic perturbation since the last quarter of 19th century when canals were built and peatlands were drained for economic gain (Godfrey and Catton, 2011). Since then, the system has been exploited, drained, polluted and changed from its natural setup to escalate and widen the potential services from it. The present state is a highly regulated system to buttress economic productivity and fulfill several regional demands. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, one of the world’s largest restoration initiative, aims to restore, protect and preserve the water resources of central and southern Florida (National Research Council, 2014). While the restoration program is built on a foundation of retrospective science backed by several years of sophisticated research on understanding the Everglades and similar ecosystem (Estenoz and Bush, 2015), the human dimension of restoration was not studied adequately(Clarke and Dalrymple, 2003; Kranzer, 2002; National Research Council, 2014). Particularly, the spatial extent of residents’ preference or the heterogeneity of their opinion is important for CERP as the plan aims to restore ecosystem without compromising the present services (e.g. flood control, water for agricultural, urban and industrial uses etc.), which are also spatially related.
At national level the department of Environmental affairs (DEA), Water and Sanitation and Agriculture (DWA), Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) have a joint initiative to work for wetlands, DEA (2017). All of the above mentioned departments have environmental legislation with regard to wetlands, for example, the National Environmental Management Act 107
Restoration of Iowa’s Wetlands Iowa’s wetlands are a large part of Iowa history and an important part of our current society that have been almost wiped out. The restoration of wetlands not only affects the ecosystem on a small scale, but also the nation as a whole, and society itself. It provides a source of recreation, a benefit to the economy, and improves certain aspects of farming. Wetland restoration is a difficult task that often requires many levels of planning, management, and monitoring. But once finished, the benefits that it can bring are almost countless, just a few being protection of native wildlife, flora and fauna, improving water quality naturally, and preserving a sense of Iowa history and heritage. There are many
Wetlands are a critical part of our natural environment. Since the Northern Harriers live by wetlands, wetlands are special because “They protect our shores from wave action, reduce the impacts of floods, absorb pollutants and improve water quality”-enviorment.gov. They provide habitat for animals and plants and many contain a wide diversity of life, supporting plants and animals that are found nowhere else. In this region you can find animals such as turtles, opossums, muskrats, beavers, raccoons, foxes, prairie dogs, lizards, small birds, foxes, and insects. In marshlands they can be found by lakes, streams, and swamps.
In 2015, an unusually wet winter triggered emergency draining from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades, flushing billions of gallons of water each day to protect South Florida from flooding. The results of this water being released has hurt other parts of the state: polluting coastal fishing grounds, scaring away tourists,
Louisiana is a place of beautiful wildlife and landscape. With about forty percent of the state being marshes and wetlands. It is very important for us to preserve these wetlands and keep them from disappearing like they have been for the past fifty years. Almost eighty percent of wetland loss in the nation has happened in Louisiana. Just in the past ten years the state has seen a thirty percent deduction in the wetlands. The bad thing about these wetlands disappearing is that they are just being converted into open water. While other wetlands in other states are being used for many things. The destruction of these wetlands in the coast of Louisiana can be prevented by funding restoration acts and stopping pollution.
Louisiana Wet Land Loss Louisiana wet land loss is caused by many things, Louisiana wet land loss includes human activities such as. Levees, logging. Mining, runoff and more. While
The number of people living in urban areas is dramatically increasing across the world. Currently, 75 % of people live in cities in the developed world, (Bernhardt E.S. and Palmer M.A, 2007) despite such high percentage many do not get access to the green and blue spaces available, in other words cannot interact with nature. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency green spaces are ‘land that is partly or completely covered with grass, trees, shrubs or other vegetation’ (Environmental Protection Agency, 2014) This includes community gardens, parks as well as cemeteries. (Environmental Protection Agency, 2014) On the other hand, blue spaces include rivers, canals and lakes. (Sally, M, 2010) As urbanisation increases, it will pose a greater threat to nature such as pollution, habitat destruction, erosion and colonisation of native species. There are various ways to engage with nature. However, one reason for green and blue spaces not being utilised effectively by people may be due to people being unaware of the values that these have and the crucial functions they undertake in the ecosystem such as recycling nutrients and controlling the hydrological cycle.
I decided to test the ecological status of the wetland by gathering samples from the wetland and testing it for various aspects in the water and the plants that are found within the area.