Wetlands Restoration Links by State Links - O through W
Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.
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The Ohio Wetlands Foundation. This nonprofit organization restores and enhances land that was previously environmentally sensitive wetland; provides cost-effective, high quality, wetland off-site compensatory mitigation credits; and funds wetland research and education. This site would be useful to people interested in donating Ohio wetlands for restoration and for those interested in mitigation banking.
The Olentangy River Wetland Research Park. The Wetlands Park at Ohio State University is designed to be one of the most comprehensive wetland research and education facilities in the nation. This web site offers swamp virtual tours, links to articles and other information on wetlands, and wetland-related news. This site provides an excellent example of how to make wetland research and education available to the public.
Olentangy River Wetland Research Park: Home page for Ohio State University's wetland research center. There are links to research, professors, etc. Great resource for wetlands restoration information in general and in Ohio in particular.
Big Pasture Priority Area: Brief overview of a priority area assessment that includes a wetland restoration project. Brief, but lots of form-style information on the area.
Eugene Wetland Self-Guided Tour. This self-guided tour introduces readers to the types of wetlands found in the Eugene, Oregon, area and provides maps and pictures of publicly owned wetlands. This site is a good resource for those interested in learning about wetlands in Eugene, Oregon. It is especially useful to Oregon school groups studying wetlands.
SOLV. SOLV is a nonprofit organization that brings together government agencies, businesses, and individual volunteers in programs and projects to enhance the livability of Oregon. Currently planned projects include several beach cleanups and Team Up For Watershed Health, a program that mobilizes volunteers to complete watershed health-related projects. This site provides contacts for anyone wishing to get involved in Oregon restoration projects, and could also provide useful information to other groups seeking to motivate volunteers.
West Eugene Wetlands Photographs. In spring 2001 Dr. Uladzimir Slabin took approximately 5,000 photographs of the West Eugene Wetlands. This site provides links to this collection of pictures. This site provides many detailed pictures of different types of wetlands.
Tryon Creek Watershed: Detailed description of a large-scale watershed management effort. Links to chapters within the report.Very complete description.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. This site provides a listing of Pennsylvania's waterways, wetlands, and erosion control initiatives. Information is available on Pennsylvania's Wetland Net Gains Strategy and initiatives to facilitate wetlands restoration. This site is most useful for Pennsylvania residents interested in organizing a wetland restoration project.
Saving Dennis Creek. Learn how the people of Dennis Creek, Franklin County Pennsylvania, decided to save their 14-square-mile watershed, which drains into the Potomac River. A partnership of farmers, local officials, students, and residents installed stream bank fencing and built replacement wetlands and streamside buffers. They also developed nutrient management plans for farms and started a stream monitoring program. This 15-minute GreenWorks for Pennsylvania television episode, "Pollution: Solutions and Results," is available for download. This web site is a good example of how communities can make a difference by working together.
Stream Restoration Incorporated. This nonprofit organization's mission is to focus on the restoration of streams impacted by abandoned coal mine drainage. This Pennsylvania organization has formed a public/private partnership to facilitate the work of stream restoration.The web site provides useful information about recently completed projects, opportunities for public involvement, science fair project opportunities, and an on-line database containing restoration information.
Pennsylvania DEP Bureau of Watershed Management: Complete source of information for wetland restoration projects, policies, fact sheets. This is a fantastic site with every piece of information you could want on Pennsylvania wetland programs. There are downloadable forms for permit applications, sources for restoration project proposal help fact sheets on wetland identification, urban wetlands, wetlands and agriculture. This is certainly a must-see.
Winging it in restored wetlands: A synopsis of a masters research project that focuses on attracting birds to restored wetlands. Includes a brief history of wetland losses in Pennsylvania, and color photographs. Very nice read, well designed page with understandable details and nice photographs.
Save Narragansett Bay. This community-based environmental organization seeks to improve the environmental quality of Narragansett Bay through watershed restoration and pollution prevention. The organization focuses its work on three areas: watching over the activities of citizens that degrade the environmental quality of the bay, leading the community by initiating programs and activities that increase the environmental awareness and knowledge of the public, and initiating actions that will directly clean up the bay and restore its wetlands. This site is a good example of a community-based initiative and provides many new and different ways to raise restoration awareness.
How are they doing? Status of wetland banking agreements and activities: One sentence update on RI DOT wetland mitigation policy.
Blackstone River National Heritage Corridor: Discusses community efforts and interest in working to restore the river corridor; includes contact information. Nice synopsis, but no details
Forest Service Center for Forested Wetlands Research: wetland restoration research: Describes bottomland hardwood, Carolina Bay, agricultural, and stream restoration efforts ongoing at the research station; includes contact information. Good overview, there is likely a lot of additional information available through the contact on these topics.
Prairie Basin Wetlands of the Dakotas: A very complete reference on prairie pothole wetlands with figures. This is a necessary stop for anyone looking at prairie potholes. Everything you could ever imagine wanting to know is broken down into several links from this main page, and there is even a note on how to cite this internet research in papers.
Evaluation of Restored Wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region: An invitation to participate in a USGS study on said topic; includes contact information. Very detailed description of the intended research process.
Wetland Creation on Private Grasslands: This is a project summary from the Greatplains web site that gives a brief synopsis of prairie wetland restoration efforts in South Dakota; with contact information. This site is well designed, and it might be nice to view a few other project descriptions while you're here.
Prairie Pothole Region Ecosystem Assessment: This is a brief description of this EPA project including list of stakeholders, environmental problems, actions taken, and contacts. Good brief synopsis.
Upper Basin Storage Holds Water from Devils Lake: Discusses various measures taken to reduce flooding in the lake's vicinity, including wetland restoration. Brief note, but lets you know something is going on here.
South Dakota Partners for Fish and Wildlife: Home page for this organization. Go to "Habitat Projects" to see what restoration work is being done. Information is given in bits, but there is a lot of it.
South Dakota Private Lands Home Page: Home page for this organization. Go to "Wetland Restoration" to see brief synopsis of wetland functions and link to a fact sheet. Nice page with a lot of information on it, but most of it is not specific to wetlands.
Tennessee Valley Authority. The Tennessee Valley Authority provides electrical power throughout the Tennessee Valley. It also sponsors a number of environmental stewardship programs, such as wetland habitat protection and shoreline stabilization and restoration projects. This site provides an example of what large companies can do to protect and restore wetlands.
Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative: Description of a large-scale restoration project that encompasses part of Tennessee. Site gives environmental problems, actions taken, stakeholders, and contacts. Description is brief but informative.
Lower Mississippi Valley Ecosystem Restoration Initiative: Similar to above but more detailed description. Additional contacts are provided.
Streambank Restoration and Erosion Management. The City of Austin, Texas's Watershed Protection and Development Review Department web site features pictures and descriptions of many of the city's completed restoration projects. This site would be useful for anyone interested in different types of erosion control and restoration techniques.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Wetlands Assistance Guide for Landowners. The Wetlands Assistance Guide for Landowners is a comprehensive guide to federal, state and private programs offering technical and/or financial assistance to private wetland owners within the State of Texas. A useful resource for anyone interested in restoring wetlands in Texas.
Gulf Coast Marsh Ecosystem Restoration/Management/Protection: Describes USGS study into restoration of coastal wetlands and other coastal systems. Lots of information and email contacts.
Texas Wetland Links: List of links to information related to Texas wetlands. Good links to policies, landowner information and more.
Texas Information: WetNet: State resource for information on wetlands and wetland projects. Go to "data" to find a wealth of mapping, etc. information on Texas wetlands. A great resource!
Managing Wetlands in North Texas: Introduction and access to a video prepared for government land managers on wetlands in northern Texas. You can view the video here if you have appropriate free software.
Can the loss of Texas coastal wetlands be halted... or reversed?: Describes project designed to restore saltmarsh and seagrass systems in Galveston Island State Park, TX. Nice description with a photograph and maps, and an internet link to addition information.
The Decker Lake Wetlands Project: Home page for this restoration effort. Page links to introduction, news on the project, and locator map. Nice site, not a lot of restoration information, but there are contacts.
Utah Partners for Fish and Wildlife Home Page: Some wetland information can be accessed through this home page. There is not a lot of information, but this is a group ro be familiar with if considering a wetland restoration in Utah.
Wetland Restoration to Benefit Endangered Fish in the Upper Colorado River Basin: USACE note about research into this topic. The first site selected is near Ouray, Utah. Results of this study will be interesting; it appears to still be in the research phase.
Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve in Moab, Utah: Nature Conservance Preserve home page with wetlands history information, management information, field trips, etc. There are maps and contacts listed throughout the pages. Nice site with a lot of information.
Vermont Department of Forests, Lakes, & Recreation. The goal of the Wetlands Protection and Restoration Program (WPRP) is to help protect the water quality of Lake Champlain through the restoration and protection of wetlands. The WPRP was created in 2006 as part of Governor Douglas' Clean and Clear Action Plan. The program is administered by the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. The WPRP is a voluntary program designed to provide financial and technical assistance to landowners for restoring and protecting wetlands.
The Lake Champlain Basin Program. The Lake Champlain Basin Program is a federal, state, and local initiative to restore and protect Lake Champlain. Information is available on the Lake Champlain Basin, the Lake Champlain Program, and local efforts to protect the Lake. This site provides information on the methods the Lake Champlain Basin Program is using to protect and restore the wetlands surrounding the lake.
National Showcase Watersheds, including the Liberty Hill Farm Project, (PDF) (226 pages, 7.5 MB, about PDF). This web site provides information about a riparian restoration project using tree revetments, livestock fencing, and planting along the White River near Rochester, Vermont. The site contains pictures depicting the site before, during, and after project completion.
Vermont Department of Environmental Quality: Wetlands Homepage. This site provides an overview of the programs conducted by the Vermont Wetlands Office. It also contains some basic information on wetlands delineation and Vermont wetlands regulations. Links are available to other wetland resources. This site provides information on the Vermont Wetlands Office and would be beneficial to anyone looking for wetland regulatory information.
White River Partnership Habitat Restoration Projects. This site offers links to several stream restoration projects, each incorporating different restoration techniques (e.g., toe stabilization with rock and bio-engineering, root wad revetments, rock weirs). Each project description includes site information and restoration pictures. This site would be helpful to anyone looking for examples of various restoration techniques.
Lake Champlain Basin Wetlands: Wetlands information from this page; includes mapping, and wetland restoration information, and contacts. Not much information, but a place to start if your project is in this vicinity.
State of Vermont Water Quality Division: State site with downloadable information on water quality studies. No wetland restoration information per se, but there may be useful data here.
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration, and Landscaping. This web site describes the differences between native and alien species, lists the benefits of native plants, and provides information on how to buy and grow native plants in Virginia. The site provides tables that are thorough and useful for people looking for plants that will grow under specific wetland conditions.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Teaching Marsh. This 1-acre site was restored to marshland for both practical and educational purposes. The Commonwealth of Virginia has charged the Wetlands Program at VIMS to educate various interest groups, such as local wetland boards, about the functions and values of tidal wetlands. The web site offers a series of photos showing the site before and after restoration, as well as photos of the types of wetland plants used in the restoration. This site would be useful for anyone looking for photos of wetland plants and examples of marsh restoration.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science Tidal Wetlands Impacts Data Home Page. This site contains information on tidal wetlands management in Virginia and the results of Virginia's management plan. This site would be useful for anyone looking for detailed summaries of cumulative impacts on tidal wetlands in Virginia.
Henricopolis Soil and Water District Programs: Links to program descriptions including wetlands workshops, erosion and sediment control, etc. Not much wetland restoration information, but the site may be useful as a contact source.
City of Bellingham Department of Public Works Environmental Restoration Resources. This web site focuses on restoring degraded ecosystems and supporting and protecting healthy habitats. The site describes two restoration projects as well as a stream assessment conducted using CITYgreen software. This site offers useful information for anyone interested in local government restoration projects.
King County Small Habitat Restoration Program Technical Assistance. King County, Washington, Department of Natural Resources and Parks builds low-cost projects in rural and urban King County that enhance and restore streams and wetlands. This site provides basic information on how to use native vegetation to restore or enhance streams, wetlands, and their buffers. It includes instructions on how to determine the number and types of plants to use, how to prepare a basic planting plan, and how to maintain the project. This site would be useful for anyone looking for how-to restoration project information.
King County Surface Water Engineering & Environmental Services (SWEES). The SWEES program works to improve storm water drainage, water quality, and aquatic habitat in ways that balance the needs of people with the ongoing health of the environment in which they live. Information is available on several SWEES programs, including the Capital Improvement Program that works with large restoration projects, the Small Habitat Restoration Program, the Native Plant Salvage Program, and the Neighborhood Drainage Assistance Program. This site is useful for people looking for examples or technical assistance with large or small restoration projects.
Longfellow Creek. This web site details the efforts of a Seattle, Washington community to maintain and improve Longfellow Creek. The site provides numerous resources, including educational materials, data, and maps. This site would be useful for anyone interested in urban stream restoration.
Northwest Straights Marine Conservation Initiative. This initiative provides a way for local, tribal, state, and community representatives to work together to protect vital marine resources in northwest Washington State. The Initiative draws strength from citizen-driven efforts to garner community support for measures to protect and restore the Straits' salmon, shellfish, bottomfish, and other vital resources, plus the habitats they need to survive. Provides information on threats currently facing the Northwest straits, steps being taken to protect the straits, and background information and reports outlining the current state of the straits.
People for Puget Sound. This organization seeks to restore the Puget Sound to a clean and healthy sound, teeming with fish and wildlife, and cared for by the people who live near it. The members work toward accomplishing this goal by restoring habitat, speaking up for environmental protection, and gathering restoration facts. This site would be useful for anyone seeking habitat information about the Puget Sound or looking to get involved in the restoration of the Sound.
Washington Department of Ecology Showcase of Exceptional Education Products. The state of Washington's Department of Ecology has developed a web site containing educational products related to nonpoint source water pollution, including publications, videos, and classroom materials. The site provides contact information as well as other useful background information so that users can obtain the products and adapt to their needs. This site would be useful to classroom teachers or other instructors looking for nonpoint source-related materials or working to restore wetlands impaired by nonpoint source pollution.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Habitat Guidelines. The interagency Aquatic Habitat Guidelines team has launched this new web site. It contains a series of papers that describe the current understanding of how land uses and development affect aquatic and riparian habitats and summarize literature on stream restoration strategies. Manuals that provide how-to information for habitat restoration projects and case studies are also accessible through the site. Provides useful technical assistance for organizations working to protect and restore salmon habitat.
Access Washington Department of Ecology: Shorelands and Wetlands: Lots of information on permitting, regulations, grants, labs, watershed planning, etc. Great source of information, don't miss this site.
WET: University of Washington Wetland Ecosystem Team. Good potential resource for wetland restoration work.
Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce: Map and general information on this task force with contacts. Great map, likely a lot of information to be read if they are contacted.
Spencer Island: Home page for this park that indicates management for wetland restoration, includes email contact. Nice map and photograph.
King County, Washington DNR: Wetland Resources: Page full of links to additional information on wetlands and their restoration.Great links page, nice design and good descriptions.
McNary Environmental Education Center: Information on projects (none is wetland related at this time) and nature studies at the park (including migratory waterfowl and other wetland-related studies). Great equinox counter on the home page! Also, may be a good resource for educational restoration efforts.
Yakima Subbasin: Information on this watershed including indication that wetland restoration is occurring in the area. Not much additional information, but includes a great map.
Chehalis River Council: Home page for this non-profit organization that contains a lot of information; includes contact information.There is wetland information in here, it is interspersed through several pages.
University of Washington College of Engineering: Wetlands Ecology, Restoration, and Protection: Information on the professional program through this school that focuses on this topic. No restoration information, just info on classes and such and professors involved.
Restoring Wetlands at a River Basin Scale: A Guide for Washington's Puget Sound: Establishes goals for Puget Sound restoration and provides downloadable information on the proposal. A lot of information here with an email contact.
SWIS Recommendations: The Pieces of a State Wetlands Programs: State policy information. Informational.
The Freshwater Institute: Home page for this study center. No information on wetland restoration in WV, but would be a good contact if developing a project.
West Virginia Division of Highways Restoration of Sand Run Wetland: Cooperative restoration effort between Ducks Unlimited and the State Divisions of Highways and Natural Resources to restore an award-winning wetland. Basic project description.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Data Compilation and Assessment of Coastal Wetlands of Wisconsin's Great Lakes. Wisconsin's Coastal Management Program and Endangered Resources Program have joined forces develop this web site, which raises public awareness about wetland protection and restoration. This site features reports, an assessment of existing coastal wetlands, resources, and other data. This site would be useful for anyone seeking resources to help raise public awareness about wetland protection and restoration.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wetland Restoration and Management. This DNR website provides basic information about wetland restoration, including contact information and a link to the Wetland Restoration Handbook for Wisconsin Landowners. This site would be useful for anyone seeking basic information on resources in Wisconsin on wetland restoration.
Wisconsin Vascular Plants. This database of plant species found in Wisconsin is searchable by name, habitat, county, family, genera, or common name. It provides information on the plant as well as a picture. Under an EPA wetlands grant, an index was developed and included in the database that indicates the likelihood of the plant being found in presettlement conditions. This site provides useful information on wetland plant species throughout Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Wetlands Association (WWA). WWA is a statewide, science-based education, training, and research organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and enjoyment of Wisconsin's wetlands. WWA is the only statewide organization focused exclusively on wetland protection. The approximately 700 members include wetland scientists and educators, conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, concerned citizens, and local and regional organizations. This page provides a useful summary of Wisconsin's wetland protection legislation, as well as links to wetland restoration literature and web sites.
The Upper and Lower Rock River Basins of Wisconsin: Contains minutes from wetland restoration discussions in the basins.No additional information, but may be a source of a contact for additional information.
Hydrologic Investigations of Wetland Restoration and Creation Projects: Describes the initiative for this study, progress, and location of reports. Doesn't contain information on restoration within, but accessing these reports might be helpful.
UW-Madison Arboretum: Describes goals and purposes of arboretum, one of which is research into wetland restoration. No additional information, but links you to the arboretum's home page.
Wyoming Partners for Fish and Wildlife: Home page for this group; "Focus Area" includes project examples. Not much restoration information, but may provide a good contact.
Wyoming Wetlands Society: Home page for this non-profit organization, which is focused on restoring the population of Trumpter Swans and the wetlands they depend on. Not much restoration information, but may provide a good contact.