Bay Program partners have enhanced or rehabilitated 107,239 acres of wetlands through non-regulatory programs, achieving the 89,492-acre goal.
Wetlands serve multiple ecological functions. Restoring and enhancing wetlands can provide critical wildlife habitat for many species, including fish, birds, shellfish, amphibians and mammals. In addition to habitat, wetlands also help clean the water by filtering excess nutrients and sediments.
Enhance or rehabilitate 89,492 acres in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia by 2010.
Wetlands enhancements lead to improvement of one or more selected functions, such aswater quality, flood water retention or wildlife habitat. Wetlands rehabilitations repair the natural or historic functions of a degraded wetland.
These activities do not account for acreage gains. Projects that result in actual wetlands acreage gains are tracked separately for purposes of clarity and accuracy.