Wetlands and streams are recognized as some of the most ecologically important features on the landscape. Wetlands and streams naturally improve water quality, reduce flood risks, provide invaluable wildlife habitat and offer rewarding recreational experiences. Despite these values, nearly 60 percent of Mississippi’s wetlands existing before 1800 have been destroyed, and all streams suffer from some form of impairment. Similarly, more than half of all U.S. wetlands have been destroyed or degraded. In response, the federal government established a “no net loss” policy for wetlands in 1989, with the aim of stabilizing or increasing wetland acreage.

Benefits of wetland and stream restoration:

  • Water quality protection and improvement
  • Groundwater recharge
  • Flood protection
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Nature-based recreation (hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing)
  • Seafood production