Wetlands, Swamps, Marshes, and Estuaries

Pond at Six Mile Cypress Slough

Pond at Six Mile Cypress Slough – click on picture to enlarge

Our Wetlands which are composed of Estuaries, Marshes and Swamps are vital to the health of Florida. Our Wetlands help to let rainwater seep into the ground and recharge our aquifers where we get much of our drinking water. With a population of 19 million people in 2014 and growing fast we cannot jeopardize our health and future water supplies by over developing the land with impervious surfaces like roads, parking lots, residential and commercial developments.  We need to keep green spaces likes parks, marshes, swamps, lakes and other areas alive and growing in number to support ourselves and our important habitats for wildlife. The University of Florida IFAS has a good website describing basic facts of wetlands. You can scroll through this website and see various kinds of wetlands.

 

 

http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/wetlandextension/about.htm

 

 

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