May is American Wetlands Month

May is American Wetlands Month: Start Now to Plan a Wetlands Event

EPA will once again celebrate American Wetlands Month in May with our partners in federal, state, tribal, local, non-profit, and private sector organizations. This annual celebration is a time to recognize and highlight the wonderful ways wetlands enrich the environment and human society.

As part of this year's celebration, EPA would like to encourage interested groups to plan activities and events that help raise awareness of the critical role wetlands and other aquatic resources play in our environment and build support for the protection and restoration of these valuable ecosystems.

Ideas for celebratory activities and events that could be planned in conjunction with American Wetlands Month include:
• Organizing a walk, canoe-trip, bird-watch or other outdoor activity at a local wetland
• Planning a wetland or stream clean-up day
• Holding an awards ceremony to recognize a wetland hero
• Sponsoring a talk on wetlands
• Starting or participating in a volunteer wetland monitoring group
• Organizing a wetland festival

EPA intends to post American Wetland Month events and activities information on its web site (http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/awm) and encourages groups that are planning local, regional, or national events to provide EPA with information about your event. To post your event or discuss ways to participate in American Wetlands Month, please contact Kathleen Kutschenreuter (202-566-1383, kutschenreuter.kathleen@epa.gov) or Gregg Serenbetz (202-566-1253, serenbetz.gregg@epa.gov) in EPA's Wetlands Division.

More information on EPA's wetlands programs can be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands, or by calling the toll-free Wetlands Helpline at 1-800-832-7828

source: Water Headlines for March 1, 2007
Benjamin H. Grumbles, Assistant Administrator
Office of Water

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