wet·​land | \ ˈwet-ˌland How to pronounce wetland (audio) , -lənd\

Definition of wetland

: land or areas (such as marshes or swamps) that are covered often intermittently with shallow water or have soil saturated with moisture usually used in plural

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Examples of wetland in a Sentence

the conservation board has not always been rigorous in protecting the wetlands from development

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Protection and restoration of forested wetlands along the Trinity River creates a life-saving buffer for these urban areas during hurricanes and intense storms. Houston Chronicle, "Entergy gifts Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge with 45,000 trees," 19 Feb. 2018 As far as uses, Detweiler imagines scientific research in areas with moist soil like wetlands. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Drones Are Drilling Holes Now," 9 Jan. 2019 Martin Ecosystems makes a variety of products from recycled plastic that aim to slow coastal erosion, filter water and provide fish habitat, much like natural wetlands. Sara Sneath, NOLA.com, "Frogs that burn your skin and are invading Audubon: this week's coastal news," 28 Apr. 2018 Those small ponds are not as rich in submerged aquatic vegetation and other duck forage as marshes, wet prairie and managed shallow wetlands on the coast. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Survey says … ducks numbers way down in Texas," 7 Feb. 2018 In September 2017, the state Ecology Department ruled against the project, citing impacts that included destruction of 24 acres of wetlands, an increase of 1,680 vessel trips a year on the Columbia and harm to aquatic habitat. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Corps of Engineers moving forward with review of Longview coal terminal despite state objections," 16 Oct. 2018 The plan to ease the direct impact on 106 acres of wetlands required a permit approved by commissioners. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Brightline high-speed passenger train gets Orange County OK to lay tracks in wetlands," 19 June 2018 The focus of this vacation house was the views of the wetlands and the bay. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Perfectionist Architect’s Experimental Home," 27 Dec. 2018 The pipeline path would cross 600 acres of wetlands and 700 bodies of water, some of which reportedly provide drinking water for around 300,000 families. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of wetland

1669, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wetland was in 1669

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English Language Learners Definition of wetland

: an area of land (such as a marsh or swamp) that is covered with shallow water

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