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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The project’s Chapter 91 license and wetlands and waterways permits were all appealed by opponents, and the DEP has not yet made a final decision on those cases. Chris Lisinksi, BostonGlobe.com, "Key deadline for approval of Weymouth compressor station pushed back," 2 Aug. 2019 The park boasts 2,000 acres of coastal prairie, fresh-water ponds, wetlands and bayous, according to the park website. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston Island State Park beach redevelopment project pushed back," 15 July 2019 The scenic garden has five ecosystems including mangrove wetlands and a maritime forest. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Picture perfect: 12 South Florida spots that are sure to make you Instagram famous," 9 July 2019 Standing water along arroyos, ditches, wetlands and even the side of the road is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 The site includes meadows, wetlands and small streams, and open habitat for grassland birds. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Cook County forest district poised to regain 400-acre Barrington Hills farm, but foreclosed owners hope hemp crop can bail them out," 24 June 2019 In addition, according to a summary of the complaint, chemicals and water used to fight the fire were allowed to seep into the storm sewers contaminating a wetland and Osprey Lake about a mile away. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "State and Lake County file suit to ensure cleanup following Waukegan factory explosion," 3 June 2019 Those funds are for projects and activities for the purposes of coastal protection, including conservation, coastal restoration, hurricane protection and infrastructure directly affected by coastal wetland losses. al, "‘Myth Busters’ targets ‘misinformation’ on I-10 project and toll plan," 29 July 2019 When the Trump administration drafted rules to weaken wetlands protections, California wrote rules to strengthen them. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "How California has blocked Trump’s environmental rollbacks," 27 July 2019

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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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