Protection and Preservation Index >> Restoration
Restoration helps return damaged wetlands to their
original condition prior to disturbance. This
practice of improving and replacing wetlands is gaining support around
the country and is helping to prevent further wetlands loss. According
to the Environmental Protection Agency, "current Federal initiatives call
for a wide range of restoration actions, including improving or restoring
25,000 miles of stream or corridor; achieving a net increase of 100,000
acres of wetlands each year, and establishing two million miles of conservation
There are four types of restoration:
- Creation -- constructing
a wetland in an area that is isolated from existing wetlands and has
not been a wetland within the last 100 to 200 years. Wetlands are created
by excavating upland soils to elevations that support the growth of
-- modifying the structure of an existing wetland
so that it increases one of its functions.
-- existing wetlands are converted to other types of wetlands.
- Mitigation --
compensates for wetlands losses through the creation, enhancement, or
restoration of other wetlands areas, in accordance with section 404
of the Clean Water Act so that there is "no net loss" of wetlands.
There are many wetlands restoration projects throughout
Florida. The following related links will lead you to directories
of projects in your area:
Florida Wetland Restoration Information Center:provides tools
and research materials needed for the implementation and management of restoration
projects. The site includes direct links to current restoration projects
throughout Florida, restoration case studies, sources of funding, restoration
related links and approaches to restoration in other states.
Florida Ecological Restoration Inventory (FERI): a spatial
inventory of current and proposed ecological restoration projects within
the State of Florida. Search for projects by county to find contact information
(name, phone, Web site) for each project, as well as project status and
needs. This compilation is maintained by the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection and many organizations contribute to the inventory.
EPA's Restoration Projects: look through wetland restoration
projects in Florida. Search by restoration type (creation, enhancement,
reallocation), project goal, project size, project status, adjacent
land use or project name.
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