wet·​land | \ ˈwet-ˌland , -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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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 The county’s staff report points out that in 1991 Seminole designated roughly a third of the eastern side of the county as rural to preserve the pasturelands, environmentally-sensitive wetlands and Econlockhatchee River from urban sprawl. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Seminole County report blasts plan to build hundreds of homes in rural area," 10 July 2018 The question of what wetlands and small waterways should be covered by the Clean Water Act has a famously muddled history. Ariel Wittenberg, Science | AAAS, "Obama’s wetlands protection rule put ‘too much emphasis’ on science, Trump officials argue," 5 July 2018 Take the cutoff through the North Marsh, where a wood boardwalk provides a route through the tidal wetlands. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sunday getaway to Coyote Hills," 17 June 2018 The result is a landscape of plains, wetlands and forest roamed by thousands of hoofed mammals. The Economist, "A Dutch park that mimics nature angers animal-rights activists," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of wetland

1669, in the meaning defined above

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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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