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Latest installment in “Wetlands 101” video series – “Restoring Wetlands:
Facing Challenges” – now available on DNREC’s YouTube Channel
DOVER (Dec. 21, 2015) – The fifth installment of DNREC’s “Wetlands 101” video series – “Restoring Wetlands: Facing Challenges” – premieres this week on DNREC’s YouTube Channel. The series is produced by the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program within DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship to educate Delawareans about wetlands, while promoting the idea that everyone can make a difference in the continuing challenge of wetland preservation.
Delaware has lost more than half of the state’s original wetlands since the 1700s, and losses continue as wetlands are degraded or eliminated every year. The new video details how wetland degradation can be caused by common activities that include: introduction of invasive species, ditching to drain wetlands, channelizing natural streams, and a lack of planted buffers that surround the state’s wetlands. All of these disturbances can reduce a wetland’s ability to purify water, provide habitat for commercially important fisheries, and protect coastal communities from storms and floods.
“Restoring Wetlands: Facing Challenges” focuses on common problems that wetlands face, and what Delawareans can do to help restore wetland’s natural capabilities. The five-minute video features four items that impair wetlands, interesting facts, scenic views, and live wetland wildlife. The overarching theme of the Wetlands 101 series is to highlight the importance of wetlands to every person in the state.
In addition to the “Wetlands 101 Series,” the DNREC YouTube Channel offers more than 50 fun, interesting and educational videos, taking viewers from the unique steam car collection at Auburn Heights Preserve to the trails and pathways of Cape Henlopen State Park, and from the Delaware Bayshore to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and many of the First State’s great outdoors places and spaces in between. Most of these videos are written and produced by DNREC’s Public Affairs Section.
To view “Restoring Wetlands: Facing Challenges” and other DNREC YouTube Channel videos, please visit http://youtube.com/delawarednrec. Part 2 of the video, “Restoring Wetlands: Restoration Stories,” will explore wetland sites in Delaware that have gone through the restoration process, and will be released in early 2016.
Vol. 45, No. 433