Wetlands Development

The US Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency jointly define wetlands as: Those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas. Historically, humans have made large-scale efforts to drain wetlands for development or flood them for use as recreational lakes. Since the 1970s, more focus has been put on preserving wetlands for their natural function—sometimes also at great expense. At Jim Chapman Lake




A volunteer helps maintain wood duck boxesA volunteer helps maintain wood duck boxes