Wetlands are important to all of us for a variety of reasons not least of which is the purification and supply of fresh drinking water. Wetlands allow rainfall and flowing water to sink into the ground and recharge aquifers which is where we pump water for human use. Ninety percent of our drinking water comes from underground aquifers. Wetlands provide a biological community where wildlife can live, thrive and provide us with recreational areas to enjoy nature. Pollutants such as lead, mercury, heavy metals, excess nitrogen and phosphorus are removed by the filtering process of wetlands. Half of Florida’s wetlands have been drained over the past century to make way for roads, agriculture, commercial and residential development. It is estimated that it will take over $8 Billion dollars to restore the Everglades to a healthy ecosystem and a wetland capable of providing us with the things we need to live. We should all help to restore and maintain our open green areas, wetlands and ecosystems.