Wetlands Have Great Value in Environment, Need Preservation

Obion Creek State Nature Preserve
Obion Creek State Nature Preserve http://naturepreserves.ky.gov/naturepreserves/Pages/obioncreek.aspx

What is a Wetland?

Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil, or is present either at or near the surface of the soil all year or for varying periods of time during the year. They are characterized by their distinctive soils, plants, and hydrology (how water moves in and out of an ecosystem).  Common types of wetlands are marshes, swamps, and bogs.

What are the benefits of Wetlands?

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DCA Floodplains, Streams and Wetlands Workshop a Big Draw

IMG_1085 editThe Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance hosted a very successful Floodplains, Streams and Wetlands Compliance Workshop on April 13, 2016.

More than 70 people participated, including representatives from local governments, environmental consultants, civil and environmental engineers, the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection employees.

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Division of Compliance Assistance to Host Floodplains, Streams and Wetlands Compliance Workshop

The Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance is hosting a Floodplains, Streams and Wetlands Compliance Workshop on April 13, 2016. The workshoIMG_0153p is intended to educate attendees on key topics, programs, regulations, compliance requirements and permits associated with activities conducted in or along a stream, floodplain or wetland.

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Wetlands mapping plays role in keeping Daniel Boone National Forest healthy, thriving

Division of Water devotes time, resources to promote wetland health

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John Brumley and Barbara Scott carry equipment for mapping and water quality testing to a constructed wetland in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Photo by Lanny Brannock

It’s  8 a.m. on a muggy Thursday morning in July, and it’s raining steadily. John Brumley and Barbara Scott, veteran scientists in the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s Division of Water, are headed deep into the Daniel Boone National Forest to look for wetlands to document, map and assess. They have an idea of where these areas are, but the terrain is daunting and the roads narrow. A small Jeep carrying two crew and equipment is winding its way along small roads with an idea, but no real certainty of where wetlands were constructed in the forest 30 years ago. But the wetlands serve so many purposes, dealing with the terrain, the rain and the remote location is worth it. Continue reading “Wetlands mapping plays role in keeping Daniel Boone National Forest healthy, thriving”