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Old 06-11-2010, 06:14 PM   #1
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What’s in your wetland?
June 2, 2010
By Jennifer Yauck

What’s in your wetland? : The Bay View Compass
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Prior to the 1800s, Wisconsin contained nearly 10 million acres of wetlands. In fact, Milwaukee, which lies at the mouth of three converging rivers, was itself originally a marsh. The marsh covered portions of present-day downtown, the Menomonee Valley, the Third Ward, Jones Island, Walker’s Point, and Bay View, according to historian John Gurda in The Making of Milwaukee.

But over the last two centuries, nearly half of Wisconsin’s wetlands-Milwaukee’s marsh included-have been drained and filled to create space for cities and agriculture.

Such wetland losses have slowed in the last several decades due to regulations and an increased appreciation of the role wetlands play in preventing flooding and improving water quality. “Wetlands used to be the place where you dumped your old refrigerator, but now they’re gems,” said Joy Zedler, a UW-Madison botanist who studies wetland plants. Still, Wisconsin’s remaining wetlands face other threats today. Near the top of the list are invasive plants...
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Wetlands provide many valuble services to human communities. Restoration work is important to all of us as so many of our wetlands have been degraded beyond the ability to function well. Thankfully not all are gone or beyond help. This link is to a few Wisconson gems.
WWA Wetland Gems Program


WH-1 Turtle Valley Wildlife Area: Wildlife Habitat
WH-2 Spoehr’s Marsh: Fishery Habitat
WH-3 MMSD Greenseams Program: Flood Attenuation
WH-4 Halfway Creek Marsh: Water Quality Protection
WH-5 Oconto Marsh: Shoreline Protection
WH-6 Pheasant Branch: Groundwater Connections
WH-7 Mead Wildlife Area: Recreation & Education
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A valuble Illinois wetland.

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Cache River State Natural Area

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Swimming under or on the tea-colored waters of the Cache are numerous fish, amphibians and reptiles. Channel catfish, crappie, bass and bluegill are prized by area fishermen. Less sought after but true swamp fish include the bowfin, needlenose gar, grass pickerel and yellow bullhead catfish. Pygmy sunfish and cypress minnows are two state-endangered fish found only in wetlands dominated by forested swamps.
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The Lower Cache River Trail offers paddlers a quality canoe experience, 3 to 6 miles in length, through magnificent cypress-tupelo swamp. The highlight of the trail is Illinois’ largest, and, therefore, state champion bald cypress tree. Like many trees within the Cache River State Natural Area, it is more than 1,000 years old.
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Blue gills
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and Minnows
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It appears they are feeding upon the algae growth or insects attached to the uprooted vallisneria?
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Crabs.
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Gloria> I've been to Turtle Valley, Greenseams, and the Oconto Marsh. They're worth the trip based on what I've seen at all 3 of them. 1 that's not mentioned that I've been to several times that I'll go back to would be Horicon Marsh, Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. The Mead Wildlife Area has my interest so if anyone's game to meet up there some day.... I'd be interested!!!
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