Why do wetlands matter?

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Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (www.usgs.gov/warc) study important aspects of wetlands, such as the flow and quality of water, the chemistry of soil, and the plants and animals which call this ecosystem home. In this video, we learn about a handful of ways healthy wetland habitats benefit both animal and human communities. It’s National Wetlands Month, so let’s celebrate this awesome ecosystem!


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Length: 00:01:06

Location Taken: Gulf of Mexico, US

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No additional permissions needed. Footage by USGS WARC and CWPPRA staff. Music royalty free from www.bensound.com. Script and voice by Kelly Guilbeau (contractor with USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center).


When’s the last time you thanked your local wetland? Think about it! Wetlands provide all kinds of incredible benefits to both natural and human communities. Scientists at the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center study just how far the value of wetlands stretches, and what might happen if too much of this habitat disappears. Wetlands help to store water when it floods, and filters water from harmful pollutants. They prevent erosion and help to hold shorelines in place. They provide critical habitat to countless species, and even make for a fun recreational outing with your family and friends! We can’t say enough about their beauty and importance, and we hope you appreciate all they provide too!

Thanks for watching our wetland video series! Happy Wetlands Month!