State Wetland Programs
WI: Ripples from the Dunes column: Wetlands provide many benefits
- Wednesday, 25 May 2011 00:00
By Jim Knickelbine – HTR News
Wetlands are amazing ecosystems that were once widely regarded as a waste of land. That notion is not one held by biologists, who increasingly understand wetlands as productive habitats rich in wildlife and which provide valuable services such as flood control and cleansing of runoff from surrounding land. They also serve as nurseries for amphibians, fish, birds and many other animals we value, so their worth is significant not only biologically but economically as well. [...]The marsh at Woodland Dunes lies along the lower West Twin River, whose level is controlled by Lake Michigan. Over the years the water level changes dramatically as the lake rises and falls. For full OpEd, click here.