RE: NANFA-- Re: nanfa V1 #1505

Denkhaus, Robert (
Tue, 31 Dec 2002 11:34:31 -0600

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> I was wondering if anyone knows how much wetlands have been
> lost in the
> country so far, with lots of streams diverted to run under
> malls do fish
> live there in darkness. I know wet lands are very important
> to water drainage
> as well as a healty eco systems for clean water as they also
> are used as
> giant filters as well as large sponges for holding water.

Aoocrding to the publication, Status and Trends of Wetlands in the
Conterminous United States 1986-1997 (USFWS), at the time of European
settlement there was an estimated 221 million acres of wetlands in the US. In
1997, there were 105.5 million acres left. During the period from '86 - '97,
the annual loss rate was 58,500 acres.

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
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