The Great Lakes Region Gains Wetlands, Is Only Area in US Report Says

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The Great Lakes Region Gains Wetlands, Is Only Area in US Report Says

According to a Federal Report, the Great Lake Region is the only area in the United States to gain wetlands. Wetlands that increased included run-offs from Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and Lake Ontario.

“If there’s a cure-all for the Great Lakes, wetland restoration is just about the highest on the list as anything gets,” said Cameron Davis, a senior adviser with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the Huffington Post “The gain was modest — 13,610 acres, an area not quite as large as the New York City borough of Manhattan. Yet it happened as the rest of the nation’s coastal wetlands shrank by 360,720 acres. The loss amounted to less than 1 percent of the U.S. total, but continued a longtime negative trend.”

The article goes on to report that “Experts say the gains in the Great Lakes region reflected in the study resulted partially from a prolonged drop in water levels, which created new wetland areas as vegetation sprouted along shorelines in places that had been submerged. Some of that acreage could disappear if the lakes rise again in coming years, said Tom Dahl, a scientist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and one of the report’s authors.

A list of the ecoregions in the Great Lakes Region Includes

  • Northeastern Highlands
  • Erie/Ontario Lake Plain
  • Northern Appalachian Plateau Uplands
  • Eastern Corn Belt Plains
  • Huron/Lake Eric Plains
  • Southern Michigan/Northern Indiana Clay Plains
  • Central Corn Belt Plains
  • Southeastern Wisconsin Till Plain
  • North Central Hardwood Forests
  • Northern Lakes and Forests
  • Lake St. Joseph Plains
  • Nipigon Plains
  • Thunder Bay Plains
  • Superior Highlands
  • Matagemi
  • Chalpeau Plains
  • Nipissing
  • Hurontario
  • Erie
  • Saint Laurent

To read the Report, click here.

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