Connecticut’s Freshwater Wetlands
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Freshwater wetlands are now recognized as performing a number of valuable ecological and economic functions. They include (1) participation in the water cycle and the chemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus; (2) functioning as a sink for natural and anthropogenic waste material; (3) filtering and purification of water; (4) reducing the impact of river, stream and coastal flooding; (5) acting as a protective barrier to coastlines, shorelines and deep water habitat; (6) recharging ground water aquifers; (7) providing habitat for a tremendous diversity of biota, including many threatened and endangered species.