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Wetlands and Riparian Areas

May marks the 21st anniversary of American Wetlands Month, a time to celebrate the important role wetlands play in our Nation's environmental, ecological and socio-economic health.  Wetlands provide many significant benefits for fish and wildlife as well as society.  The inherent, unique natural characteristics of wetlands include protecting and improving water quality, providing fish and wildlife habitat, floodwater storage, coastal protection, and increased water storage and supply.


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