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Wetland acreage increased in the Great Lakes region, largely due to reclamation of agricultural land, Stedman said. But, she noted, the report's definition of wetlands includes ponds, meaning that farm ponds, storm water ponds and ponds on golf courses are included in the number.

areas to make up for that."

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The report noted that the pace of research is not able to keep up with the speed with which "human induced actions" are affecting the wetlands.

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on the planet, comparable to rainforests and coral reefs."

The causes for the wetlands' disappearance differ between saltwater and freshwater wetlands. Saltwater wetlands are being eroded or submerged, largely due to human influences, Stedman said, while freshwater wetlands are either vanishing under human structures or drying out.

Not all of the wetlands studied in the report are protected by the Clean Water Act. The report included all wetlands that fall under a federal standard definition, while the Clean Water Act has its own narrower definition.

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Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), found that between 2004 and 2009, an estimated 360,720 acres of wetlands were lost, or about 80,000 acres per year. The agencies' previous study found that between 1998 and 2004, 361,000 acres, or about 60,000 acres per year, disappeared. So NOAA and USFWS embarked on their own research, finding that wetlands are continuing to disappear at increasing rates. "What that's telling us is that the wetland loss is being concentrated in the coastal areas and that we need to do more wetland restoration in coastal Omega Seamaster 300m Price

Wetlands, like all United States waters, are protected by the Clean Water Act. Their maintenance is also governed by a "no net loss" policy, enacted by George H. W. Bush during his presidency, which set regulations to offset wetland losses. But for coastal watersheds, the report concluded, the "no net loss" strategy is not working.

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