Wetlands can be defined as seasonal or permanent water saturated land area, in a way that it is characterized as a distinct ecosystem. These land areas are primarily made up of hydric soil that supports aquatic plants and is responsible for water purification, shoreline stability and flood control.
In Connecticut, wetlands mapping is required for analysis of the effect of specific project sites, which are used as a basis for creating state policies and activities.
Wetlands mapping is a necessity for developing, protecting, restoring and planning wetland properties.
The Importance of Wetlands
• Wetlands provide scientific research opportunities
• Wetlands are an important source of refuge for wildlife during drought season
• Most wetlands have cultural significance
• Wetlands serve as a nursery area for fishes and a breeding ground for other animals
• It serves as a habitat for some threatened species of floras and fauna
• Important source of food for animals
• Migratory site for Waterbirds
• Provides a balance of natural water that serves as protection from floods
• Wetlands filter water pollutants like bacteria, sediments and inorganic matter
• Wetlands provide a place for swimming, boating, bird watching and bushwalking
The Need for Wetlands Mapping
• It is needed by park organizations, schools and other institutions to identify wetlands for educational purposes and nature outings
• Used by permit applicants, County staff and municipalities as a basis for making informed decisions on permitting applications
• It can also be a development and planning tool for realtors, home buyers and civil engineering firms, such as Godfrey-Hoffman & Hodge in Connecticut
• Wetlands mapping is an excellent way for businesses and residents in Connecticut to pinpoint natural resources in the state in order to prevent negative impact to the ecosystem
Connecticut wetlands mapping is essential for protecting areas that filter our water and protects us from floods. These areas improve the survival rate of our plants and animals and enhance the quality of life all people living in the state of Connecticut.
• Wetlands can be defined as seasonal or permanent water saturated land area, in a way that it is characterized as a distinct ecosystem.
• Wetlands mapping is a necessity for developing, protecting, restoring and planning wetland properties.
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