Wetland Conservation

Biologists examine an oxbow slough near the Neches River in East Texas.
Photo courtesy Jennifer Key
TPWD 2004, Angelina County

Historically, wetlands were not recognized as being a necessary part of the interconnected ecological system and were aggressively converted to agricultural lands, canals or reservoirs. As wetlands have come to be understood and appreciated for their role in flood control, water quality, and wildlife habitat, many state and federal incentives have been created to help conserve, restore, and create wetlands.


What's the difference?

Wetland restoration is the rehabilitation of a degraded wetland or hydric soil area that was previously a naturally functioning area prior to anthropogenic impact.

Wetland enhancement is the improvement and management of existing wetlands for a particular function or value, possibly at the expense of other existing functions or values.

Wetland creation is the conversion of a previously non-wetland area into a wetland.