Ohio Wetlands Association
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 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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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
Species Supported By Wetlands
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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.