Aren’t wetlands considered “wastelands”?

In the past, wetlands were mistakenly regarded as "wastelands" of mud and mosquitoes or simply as obstacles to economic development. However, scientific studies have shown that wetlands protect our health, safety, and property, as well as provide habitat for a variety of wildlife.

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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”?