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EPA Report: Wetlands in poor condition
Written by Will Houston, Times Standard   

 

5/21/16

 

A first-of-its-kind report card on the nation’s wetland habitats shows the western U.S. is not doing a good job at keeping these disappearing ecosystems in good condition.

 

 

The report, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this month, found only 21 percent of the 146 surveyed wetlands west of the Rocky Mountains were in “good” condition compared to about 61 percent in poor condition and 18 percent in fair condition.

 

 

Common impairments for these western wetlands and those throughout the nation are ditches and draining systems, nonnative plants, loss of native plants, and surface hardening such as road paving and other development — all of which have occurred in Humboldt County, according to Humboldt Baykeeper Director Jennifer Kalt.

 

 

“The public lands wetlands are being treated much better than they used to be and the private land wetlands are continuing to be abused and destroyed,” she said.

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