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BluAcres, LLC specializes in the design and construction of wetlands.

What is a wetland?

By definition: “Areas that are inundated or saturated by surface water or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions, including swamps, marshes, bogs and similar areas.” ~ US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

In general: Wetlands are areas that have hydric soils, water-loving vegetation, and enough water to limit competition from upland vegetation.

For more information, download our own Wetlands Quicksheet.
For more information, download this DEP fact Sheet about wetlands.

Wetlands are NOT ponds

Wetlands and ponds are often used as synonymous terms by many people. However ponds are not wetlands and wetlands are not ponds. Ponds and wetlands can co-exist and so the confusion shall continue. To help clarify the terms; Wetlands are shallow water areas, typically less than 1 meter in depth (depending on water clarity), exhibit specific soil types and vegetative communities and may or may not have a permanent pool of water year round. Ponds on the other hand are deeper water areas and are typically always flooded year round. Both wetlands and ponds can support fish.

Why are Wetlands Regionally Important?

Wetlands provide numerous important services to the natural environment, our communities, and regional water resources in many ways, here are just a few:
  • Important fish and wildlife habitat
  • Protecting and enhancing biological diversity
  • Improving water quality by filtering sediments and processing nutrients
  • Reducing flooding through water storage
  • Recharging ground water aquifers
  • Creating educational, scientific, and recreational opportunities

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