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Galesville in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Valuable Wetlands

 
 
Valuable Wetlands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 13, 2008
1. Valuable Wetlands Marker
Inscription. The wetlands here are man-made. In 1926, three gasoline storage tanks were built here on concrete slabs. In the 1940s, a brick wall was added which trapped water inside, creating the wetlands. Seasonal in nature, the wetlands here are only wet after a heavy rain.

Wetlands are important to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. They slow down and temporarily store water running into streams, preventing flooding and reducing water pollution. Wetland plants absorb some of the excess water and provide food and shelter for wildlife. Man-made wetlands are often created to improve water quality and replace natural wetlands lost to development.

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This aerial photograph, taken in 1929, shows the gasoline storage tanks next to the Carrie Weedon House.

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This man-made wetland area, created at Adkins Arboretum on Maryland's Eastern Shore, converted a farm pond into habitat for plants and animals.

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Homeowners can create their own backyard wetland habitats, like this one at the NOAA Laboratory in Oxford, Maryland.
 
Location. 38° 50.629′ N, 76° 32.5′ W. Marker is in Galesville, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Main Street. Touch for map. Marker
Marker and wetlands image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 13, 2008
2. Marker and wetlands
is at or near this postal address: 988 Main Street, Galesville MD 20765, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Native Plants (a few steps from this marker); Steamboat Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); Carrie Weedon House (within shouting distance of this marker); Where Land Meets Water (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Galesville (within shouting distance of this marker); William Penn (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of First Quaker Regional Gathering (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Quaker Burying Ground (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galesville.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Boardwalk with markers image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 13, 2008
3. Boardwalk with markers
Carrie Weedon house is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,045 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 14, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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