Wetland Protection and Restoration

The rocks that line the shore in front of the park are there so that when the tide comes in and the water rises, it won’t wash away the grass or erode the park. The water crashes onto the rocks, which sends the water back on itself. The constant motion makes it impossible for any type of wetland to grow in that area.

Next to the rock line is an area where wetlands can grow. In fact, the area is fenced off so people will not walk on that area and possibly destroy the life growing and living there. In front of the wetland and a little ways into the water is a small line of rocks. These rocks are not like the rock line earlier described. Their purpose is to break the waves so when they wash over the wetland grass growing behind it, the waves will not be strong enough to destroy or unsettle the life there.

Right next to the small area of wetland is another rock line. This rock line is protecting the lawn of a house. The people who bought the house want to keep the rock line there because without it, they would have a wetland growing in their backyard instead of a lawn. If they use fertilizer or pesticides on their lawn though, when the rain comes it just washes into the ocean and can harm the creatures living there. If there were wetlands growing instead of the rock line, the fertilizer and pesticides would be absorbed by the wetland grass and sand before going into the ocean and therefore protecting ocean life although threatening wetland creatures.

The state of Maryland is encouraging people who own waterfront property to plant wetland grasses and will in some cases pay for wetland restoration on private property.


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