Ohio Wetlands Association

About Us

About Us

Ohio Wetlands

The Ohio Wetlands Association is a state-wide, all-volunteer, 501(C)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting wetlands throughout Ohio. Most of Ohio’s wetlands have been lost by conversion to drained farmland, urban spaces, and development around lakes and waterways. More than 90% of Ohio’s wetlands are gone, far exceeding the 50% loss nationally. Many remaining wetlands have been degraded. Wetlands continue to be developed and impacted needlessly. OWA would like to see wetlands restored and protected. The Clean Water Act provides tools to limit wetland impacts, but pressure remains. Ohio’s wetlands need a voice and a champion. OWA strives to fill that role. 

Wetlands need to be protected and restored, not just because they rank among the most abused habitat in the state. They are important cultural and economic components of our society. They are the most biologically diverse system on the planet with the possible exception of coral reefs. They are the most productive systems, turning sunlight into living matter faster and more efficiently than anywhere else. They are critical to migratory birds for shelter and nourishment. Wetlands clean our water, recharging groundwater and filtering sediments and nutrients from waters that feed our rivers and lakes. They provide spawning grounds for sport and other fish supporting a multi-billion dollar recreation industry. Wetlands regulate water surges during extreme weather events, protecting our most valuable infrastructure and human lives. 

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Our Core Values

Ohio Wetlands Association is committed to fostering community-driven solutions that inspire collective action towards the protection and appreciation of our vital wetlands.


Achieving solutions through thoughtful collaborations with partners in government, business and other non-profits.


Inspiring others to enjoy, appreciate, and respect wetlands throughout Ohio.


Engaging communities to actively participate in activities that protect and preserve Ohio’s wetlands.​


Committing to doing high quality work, instilling trust, and ensuring accountability through measurable goals and work products.
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"Guarding our wetlands is not just about conserving land and water; it's about preserving the intricate tapestry of life that sustains us all."

Our Mission

Ohio Wetlands Association is dedicated to the protection, restoration, and enjoyment of ohio's wetlands and associated ecosystems through science-based programs, education, and advocacy.

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Our Vision

OWA envisions the state of Ohio where wetlands are healthy, plentiful, and support ecological and societal needs and where citizens care for, appreciate, and interact with these natural treasures. ​


Benefits of Wetlands

Value To Our Community

Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems in the world, even comparable to rainforests or marine coral reefs and are capable of providing value few other ecosystems can. 

Types of Wetlands

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Wetlands Benefits

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Species Supported By Wetlands

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You Can Help Us Preserve Our Vision

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Questions And Answers

Wetlands are diverse ecosystems where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and the associated plant and animal life; they are vital for water purification, flood protection, carbon storage, and providing habitat for a vast array of wildlife.

Wetlands benefit communities by mitigating flooding, replenishing drinking water, supporting fisheries and agriculture, providing recreational opportunities, and serving as educational sites for learning about wildlife and environmental stewardship.

Wetlands are among the most threatened ecosystems due to urban development, pollution, and climate change; however, with careful management and restoration efforts, it is possible to restore their ecological function and biodiversity.

Individuals can get involved in wetland conservation by volunteering with local wetland restoration projects, participating in community science and monitoring programs, advocating for protective environmental policies, and educating others about the importance of these ecosystems.

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