On Monday, July 29th Quentin Carpenter, Professor at the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute, joined our host Brain Standing on the 8 O’Clock Buzz to talk about wetlands. Quentin has not only taught both Wetland Ecology and Field Ecology for the past 18 years at the Nelson Institute, but also is the author of “The Wetland Restoration Handbook for Land Owners”.
Wetlands are so diverse that they each provide a different functional value. In the Northwest Compact of the United States, water is viewed as a public commodity rather than a private commodity. Some of the services that the wetlands can provide are things like trapping sediments, flood storage and wild life habitat. For example if the wetland is rain feed there will be no flood storage.
Climate change isn’t the only threat to wetlands. There are also some man-made threats such as increasing number of people, storm sewers, and even highways.
To learn more about wetlands throughout the United States visit this website.