Why are wetlands protected?

Wetlands are very valuable resource areas and provide many functions such as the following: drinking water protection, flood control, fish and shellfish habitat, wildlife habitat, natural beauty and recreation. Wetlands contribute to public health and safety, not only for you and your family, but for your community as well. Wetlands protect drinking water, prevent storm damage and support recreation, tourism and educational opportunities.

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1. Can I cut trees near the wetlands?
2. Can I build next to wetlands?
3. How do I determine if there are wetlands on a property?
4. Why are wetlands protected?
5. I have mosquitoes in my backyard, what can I do?
6. I have wetlands in my backyard and they are messy, can I clean them up?
7. Can I discharge water from my washing machine into the wetlands?
8. Can I pump my pool water into the wetlands?
9. Aren’t wetlands considered “wastelands”?