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Aug 03

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Restoring Great Lakes Wetlands

Great Lakes coastal wetland via FWS

Lakeshore marshes and meadows create wildlife habitat and provide benefits to people, too …

Howe: “Filtering your water, absorbing high water during flooding events, providing more fish and wildlife experiences for people.”

Jim Howe directs the Nature Conservancy of Central and Western New York. He says maintaining these ecosystems requires occasional fluctuations in water level. High water keeps woody plants from encroaching on meadow, and low water allows seeds in the lake bed to germinate.

For decades, water levels on Lake Ontario have been tightly controlled. But now, a new plan will allow lake water to rise and fall more naturally, replenishing 64,000 acres of wetland.

 

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