Photo Courtesy of Friends of the Moshassuck
No matter who you are, or where you live, wetlands benefit your life. Wetlands and wetland buffers are the focus of many restoration efforts because the health and the extent of wetlands has declined significantly over the past 200 years. Wetlands have been degraded as a result of partial drainage, filling, sedimentation, dumping trash, impoundment, colonization by invasive species, clearing and cutting, channelization, and removal of upland vegetation adjacent to wetlands.
Restoring wetlands or wetland buffers on your property will help to create wildlife habitat, enhance recreational opportunities, help to reduce flooding, and potentially increase the value of your land. The documents in this kit have been designed to help you through the process of restoring your wetland or wetland buffer.
* Documents in italics were developed specifically for the Freshwater Wetland Restoration Kit for Landowners by NEIWPCC and RIDEM's Office of Water Resources, Groundwater and Wetlands Protection Program. Funding was provided through Section 104(b)3 of the Clean Water Act via an EPA Wetlands Pilot Demonstration Grant.