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2006

Biology Master’s Theses

Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology

Marshland

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A Comparison Of Created And Natural Wetlands And The Effect Of Landscape Characteristics On Vegetation, Amphibian And Bird Variables In Freshwater Marshes Of Upstate New York, David W. Porter Aug 2006

A Comparison Of Created And Natural Wetlands And The Effect Of Landscape Characteristics On Vegetation, Amphibian And Bird Variables In Freshwater Marshes Of Upstate New York, David W. Porter

Biology Master’s Theses

Wetlands provide a number of ecological and social functions, including flood abatement, improvement of water quality, recharge ground water and support for a great diversity of flora and fauna. Despite their many functions and values, wetlands have not always been appreciated. Since the 1780s, it is estimated that 53% of wetland acreage in the United States has been lost due to draining, filling and the subsequent development of land for roads or farms.

In 1972, the Clean Water Act (CWA) was established to try to reverse declining wetland acreage in the U.S. According to Section 404 of the CW ...