Through NRCS assistance, wetlands can be created, enhanced, or restored. Wetlands are essential components of healthy watersheds because they encourage habitat variability and increase biodiversity. They also provide essential ecosystem services such as processing nutrients, improving water quality, and replenishing groundwater supplies.
GLSM wetlands have been monitored for nutrients and sediment weekly since 2017 in an effort to improve our understanding of their importance for both the local community and beyond. In GLSM, wetland acreage is expected to rise in the future as additional wetland treatment systems are already in the planning and implementation stages.
Wetlands are essential components of healthy watersheds because they improve water quality by sequestering nutrients and reducing runoff rates, provide habitat for wildlife by increasing habitat variability, improve groundwater conditions by providing recharge points, and enhance public resources use potential by providing increased opportunities for recreation and education.
The Demo Farms team meets up with water quality researcher and professor, Dr. Stephen J. Jacquemin of Wright State University Lake Campus to discuss the wetlands restoration project at Grand Lake St Marys in Ohio. We go over what wetlands are, how they improve water quality, and how farmers or landowners can develop their own wetland.