EPA marks American Wetlands Month

May 4, 2011 | Drinking Water, EPA, Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing

May marks the 21st anniversary of American Wetlands Month (AWM), a time when EPA and its wetland partners across the country celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to our nation’s ecological, economic, and social health. EPA and a host of other public and private partners are planning and/or participating in a number of events, including:

  • A national webcast, "Wetlands-at-Risk Protection Tool (WARPT)," on May 4 that will outline a process for local governments to quantify the extent of at-risk wetlands, document the benefits they provide at various scales, and use the results to develop a wetland-protection plan.
  • National Wetlands Awards Ceremony on Capitol Hill on May 4. The Environmental Law Institute, EPA, and other federal partners will honor a diverse group of individuals for their extraordinary commitment to conserving wetlands.
  • "Wetland Clean-up Day" on May 7 at Huntley Meadows in Alexandria, Va., sponsored by Ducks Unlimited (park includes 1,425 acres of wetlands, forests, and meadows)
  • EPA-hosted webinar – "Promoting Wetland Conservation and Restoration to Private Landowners" – on May 16, featuring an overview of outreach programming in outdoor recreational enterprise development and associated land and water conservation practices to private landowners, resource agencies, and state and local elected officials in the U.S. 

EPA regional activities planned for the month of May include educational displays, discussions, presentations, special feature articles, wetland walks and celebrations, and an array of other outreach and communication events.

Information on national, regional, and local activities planned for May will be updated and posted throughout the month on EPA’s American Wetlands Month website.

EPA has also created an American Wetlands Month Widget, which can easily be shared and embedded on other websites, hot linking to EPA’s American Wetlands Month web page, and EPA will produce a number of fun and informative American Wetlands Month tweets.