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
Recent Examples on the Web The installation of the wetland in Williamsburg is part of source water and watershed protection programs overseen by the East Fork Water Quality Cooperative. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Clermont County working to stop spread of harmful algal blooms in Harsha Lake," 31 July 2020 In Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland area, the number of fires this year through June is more than the double all of those recorded last year. Fabiana Batista, BostonGlobe.com, "Bolsonaro Plans to Appease Investors With Ban on Amazon Fires," 8 July 2020 Available kit types include butterfly and bird, prairie, prairie grass, pollinator, shade, rain garden and wetland. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Some summer events are too good to cancel: Valley Views," 6 July 2020 First Street also included flood-mitigating infrastructure in its model, such as levees, beach nourishment projects and wetland restoration projects. USA Today, "Flood model relies on decades of climate data," 29 June 2020 The trail runs through marsh and wetland areas and is very serene. John Pana, cleveland, "The best bike & hike trails in Northeast Ohio," 23 June 2020 Before the storm, the course had been converted into a 178-acre park and wetland by the local water authority. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Green Infrastructure Can Be Cheaper, More Effective than Dams," 9 June 2020 According to a draft of the Environmental Impact Statement, the current mine plan would destroy 105.4 miles of streams and 2,226 acres of wetland. Popular Science, "The battle over Alaska’s Pebble Mine is about to get more dramatic," 8 June 2020 Louisiana is also responding to the loss of marshlands with a program to divert sediments to strategic wetland locations, which could help to mitigate some of the worst human impacts and buy crucial decades. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "New data indicates the Mississippi Delta is on borrowed time," 28 May 2020

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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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4 Aug 2020

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“Wetland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wetland. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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