May is American Wetlands Month
Will Shealy, Intern, VET Environmental Engineering, LLC
Grace Miller, Environmental Scientist, VET Environmental Engineering, LLC
As May comes to a close, we’d like to recognize it as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) designated American Wetlands Month. When people think of wetlands they typically associate them with the hanging moss, steamy mangroves, and exotic animals found in the Florida Everglades or Louisiana Bayou. In reality, wetlands are found across every region and climate in America, even cold and dry areas. So what makes a wetland a wetland? Wetlands have three defining characteristics: hydric soils, hydrophytic plants, and hydrology (water or evidence of water). All three must be present for an area to be considered a ‘wetland’.