Why are wetlands important?
There are many reasons wetlands are important. They are an important component of the water cycle; essential to providing an adequate clean supply of surface and underground water, to maintaining hydrological stability and control of flooding and erosion; to recharging and purification of groundwater, essential to the existence of many forms of animal, aquatic and plant life.

If you have a groundwater well that supplies your drinking water, much of the water that reaches your well comes through the nearby wetland. The wetland is an excellent filter, cleaning out any potential pollution.

Many of our wetland areas provide for open space, as well as create visual and aesthetic diversity in our environment.

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1. Is there a difference between coastal wetlands and inland wetlands? I thought wetlands were all the same kind?
2. How do I know if I have wetlands on my property?
3. Why are wetlands important?
4. What are inland wetlands?
5. I have a backyard that doesn't look "wet." Can I extend my lawn or put in a "playscape" for my kids in that area?
6. What can I do if I have wetlands on my property?
7. Can I look at maps of projects that might be proposed in my neighborhood or in town?
8. Can I dig a pond to drain the marshy areas in my yard to give me more dry lawn?
9. How often does the Inland Wetlands Agency meet?
10. I'm interested in learning more about wetlands. Where can I get more information?
11. I have no wetlands on my property, but my neighbor has some. How does this affect me?
12. Are inland wetlands just "junk" land or is there any benefit I can gain from the wetlands on my property?
13. Example of a Clear Cutting violation.