Benefits of wetlands

Deer drinking in wetland

Wildlife habitat

75% of Wisconsin’s wildlife depend on wetlands at some point in their lives. Wetlands are important places where animals of all kinds nest, rest during migration, find dinner, and more.

Child drinking water

Clean drinking water

Wetlands clean water, including the water that ends up in your tap or in your favorite lake or river. By removing pollutants and sediments, wetlands keep our water clean.

Wetland holding water next to road

Flood protection

When there’s a lot of water on the landscape due to heavy rains or snowmelt, wetlands capture and store that water. This protects farm fields, basements, and roads from flooding.

Endangered dragonfly

Rare plants and animals

30% of Wisconsin’s rare and endangered species rely on wetlands. Protecting wetlands means protecting the habitat these plants and animals need to thrive.

Man hunting in wetland with dog

Recreation opportunities

If you like hunting, fishing, bird-watching, paddling, or other outdoor activities, wetlands are a great spot to visit. Wetlands are an important part of Wisconsin’s tourism and outdoor recreation economy.

Aerial view of coastal wetland on Lake Superior

Shoreline protection

Wetlands can help reduce erosion along streambanks and shorelines. Wetland plants provide friction to slow the flow of floodwater and lessen the effects of wind and wave action.