Wetland Management

Wetlands are important for many reasons:

  • In dry times, they release water and help creeks maintain steady flows.
  • They enhance the value of neighboring properties.
  • They help with flood control.
  • They provide food, shelter, or nesting habitat for wildlife.
  • They provide recreation such as hiking, bird watching, canoeing and fishing.
  • Vegetation dampens wave action along lakes and slows the velocity of water in rivers.
  • Wetland plant roots stabilize soil and help prevent soil erosion.
  • Wetland root systems and soils can filter pollutants out of rainwater and snow melt.

Because wetlands are so varied and unique, they are one of the most diverse and biologically rich ecosystems. Find additional information on wetlands and regulations pertaining to wetlands in Nicollet County below: