Helping wetlands

What can you do to help wetlands?

Learn more. Check out wetlands at your local library or website. Visit a state park or other public place that has wetlands and see what you can discover. Talk to a resource professional who can share their knowledge about wetlands with you.

Get involved. Many communities have wetlands restoration projects that need volunteers. There are lots of organizations that are dedicated to protecting or restoring wetland habitats. If you're a teacher, consider attending a Project WET workshop where you will discover a whole new world of wetland activities you can do with your students.

From the Minnesota Supreme Court's 1976 decision disallowing the construction of a highway through William Bryson's marsh, which he brought suit to save.

"To some of our citizens a swamp or marshland is physically unattractive, an inconvenience to cross by foot and an obstacle to road construction or improvement.

"To one who is willing to risk wet feet to walk through it, a marsh frequently contains a springy soft moss, vegetation of many varieties, and wildlife not normally seen on higher ground.

"It is quiet and peaceful - the most ancient of cathedrals - antedating the oldest of manmade structures. More than that, it acts as nature's sponge, holding heavy moisture to prevent flooding during heavy rainfalls and slowly releasing the moisture and maintaining the water tables during dry cycles.

"In short, marshes and swamps are something to preserve and protect."