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Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

A Crucial Connection

Wetlands are the vital link between land and water.

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By William Pfingsten, July 13, 2008
1. A Crucial Connection Marker
Inscription.  Wetlands are a beautiful place to visit. Brightly colored flowers and a variety of birds are just some of the wonderful things to see in a wetland.
water rushes off the land in a storm. When the water reaches the wetlands, plants help to slow the water's flow. Then, the spongy soil absorbs the extra water, reducing flooding.
Water rushing off the land carries soil, trash and chemicals to the bay. Wetland plants trap this pollution, reducing erosion and keeping the bay clean.
The Chesapeake Bay and people need wetlands.
An acre of wetland produces more food than an acre of good farmland. Animals can find plenty to eat in wetlands. Wetlands also feed people. Have you ever eaten crabs, fish, or duck?
Wetlands give us more than food. People earn money catching and selling fish, crabs, and oysters. People also sell boats, fishing gear, and other supplies so we can have fun on the bay.
Baby fish and crabs hide from bigger fish in a bed of underwater plants. These plants, called submerged aquatic vegetation, provide food and oxygen for many animals.
Location. 39° 32.389′ 
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N, 76° 5.169′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker can be reached from Commerce Street. Marker is on the Havre de Grace Promenade, a board walk from Millard E. Tydings Memorial Park to the Havre de Grace Lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birds by the Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Attack at Frenchtown (within shouting distance of this marker); A Perfect Location (within shouting distance of this marker); Lure of the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Aids to Navigation Fog Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Our Wetland Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Luxury on the Bay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nun Buoy (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Walking tour of Havre de Grace Promenade
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,312 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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