Wetlands are Valuable
Far from being scary or worthless places, wetlands are wonderful. We know now that wetlands are a vital link in the natural system that supplies the water which sustains all life. Wetlands are important in many ways. *Wetlands lessen the destructive effects of storms and floods. *Wetlands cleanse water of pollutants. *Wetlands recharge groundwater supplies. *Wetlands provide homes for many kinds of wildlife. *Wetlands are beautiful places for people to enjoy being outdoors.
Going, going, gone? Every year we lose another two percent of the remaining wetlands in the United States-an astonishing 290,000 acres-to agriculture, development, mining, and other purposes.
The many kinds of wetlands-including hardwood swamps, freshwater and saltwater marshes, prairie potholes, and bogs-all share the characteristic of having wet or soggy soil for at least part of the year.
Location. 39° 12.852′ N, 76° 25.482′ W. Marker is in Sparrows Point, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Old Bay Shore Road. Touch for map. The marker is located in North Point State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Sparrows Point MD 21219, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dreaded Alarm (approx. 0.4 miles away);
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 19, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.