How do I stop a wetland from being developed?
This is a very common question posed to us and unfortunately the answer is not simple. However, by asking this question you have already begun the first step.
- Get educated. Find out what
your state’s wetland protection laws
are. Take a closer look at the wetland
you are trying to conserve; what lives there,
what waterways does it help to protect?
You just might discover something within the
wetland that will help you in your fight to
- Do your research. How have
other communities successfully saved
wetlands? Ask them about their
experiences and get their advice.
- Remember that every voice counts and
getting things done is easier when you have
help. Find your local Izaak Walton League
of America chapter here and contact them.
You can also get local watershed associations,
State and local government officials, other
environmental groups, students, friends, and
neighbors involved. You may be in for a
battle, so build a constituency of support
early on, get them motivated, and keep them
- Don’t give up. Conservation involves education, advocacy, and time. The decision to develop did not occur overnight and neither will the decision not to.