Wetlands Review Reports Released
EPA is releasing four Coastal Wetland Review reports containing the results of meetings with stakeholders in coastal watersheds throughout the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. EPA convened these meetings to better understand regional stressors on wetlands in coastal watersheds, local protection strategies, and key gaps that, if addressed, could help reverse the trend of wetland loss. This work is part of an interagency effort which includes EPA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other federal agencies to reduce and reverse coastal wetlands loss as follow-up to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/NOAA report, Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds of the Eastern United States, which identified an average rate of loss for wetlands in coastal watersheds of 59,000 acres per year. The reports and broader information about coastal wetlands and the coastal wetlands initiative can be found at http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/cwt.cfm.
Source: US EPA