Nearly half of Wisconsin's original 10 million acres of wetlands have been drained or developed. In recent decades, progress has been made in wetland protection and restoration, but there is still much more to do.
Wetlands provide numerous non-market values, such as flood protection and recreation opportunities, as well as direct economic benefits by supporting natural resource-based industries. Restoring and conserving wetlands within the floodplain expand upon those benefits by offering more opportunities for flood protection, recreation, natural growth, and economic improvement.
Healthy wetlands make communities more resilient. Explore the "Protecting Wetland Benefits Story Map" and the series of interactive maps to:
- Learn about the environmental, social, and economic benefits that wetlands provide
- View wetlands in floodplains, where they are particularly good at protecting communities from flood events
- Identify areas with strong potential for wetland restoration
Potentially conservable wetlands are public or private wetland areas that are not currently protected from development or harmful alteration. The potentially restorable wetlands areas on this site were created following methodology established by Wisconsin’s DNR mapping for the Rock River Basin.