Wetland conservation By Emma Stone

There are all kinds of animals in the wetlands. Conservation works with wetlands the best way to manage the wetland for protection and maintenance of the functions it serves is a hands-off approach.

The hands-off approach means that you are not actively changing the key components of the wetland to modify the functions it naturally provides

Acts and laws

The Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948 was the first major U.S. law to address water pollution. Growing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution led to sweeping amendments in 1972. As amended in 1972, the law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA).

The Clean Water Act

The Federal Government regulates, through Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, some of the activities that occur in wetlands. The Section 404 program originated in 1972, when Congress substantially amended the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and created a Federal regulatory plan to control the discharge of dredged or fill materials into wetlands and other waters of the United States. Discharges are commonly associated with projects such as channel construction and maintenance, port development, fills to create dry land for development sites near the water, and water-control projects such as dams and levees. Other kinds of activities, such as the straightening of river channels to speed the flow of water downstream and clearing land, are regulated as Section 404 discharges if they involve discharges of more than incidental amounts of soil or other materials into wetlands or other waters.

Benefits

We will have clean water for a while longer

Down sides

If we don't stop polluting the water we will all die. We will have no clean water to drink.

COASTAL WETLANDS

Sundarbans Mangroves

Gulf of Guinea Mangroves

Madagascar Mangroves

PEAT BOGS

Northern Andes Wetlands

MARSHLANDS AND ESTUARIES

Mesopotamian Delta and Marshes

Chesapeake Bay

Fun Facts

On average, 10 gallons per day of your water footprint (or 14% of your indoor use) is lost to leaks. Short of installing new water-efficient fixtures, one of the easiest, most effective ways to cut your footprint is by repairing leaky faucets and toilets.

If you use a low-flow showerhead, you can save 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower.

Every time you shave minutes off your use of hot water, you also save energy and keep dollars in your pocket.

It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub, so showers are generally the more water-efficient way to bathe.

All of those flushes can add up to nearly 20 gallons a day down the toilet. If you still have a standard toilet, which uses close to 3.5 gallons a flush, you can save by retrofitting or filling your tank with something that will displace some of that water, such as a brick.

Sources

http://www.hillsdalecounty.info/planningeduc0013.asp

https://water.usgs.gov/nwsum/WSP2425/legislation.html

http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/about_freshwater/intro/types/

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-conservation-tips/

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Emma Stone
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Created with images by RonPorter - "avocets wildlife wetland" • andyarthur - "Wetlands" • RociH - "crocodile reptile mexico" • U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region - "Wetlands" • crossfirecw - "Wetlands Raccoon" • garycycles7 - "Wetlands" • makamuki0 - "blue dragonfly stem wetland"

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