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Wetland Enhancement

A landowner adjusting the outflow of a water control structure to regulate the water level of a wetland

Practice Code: 659
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Wetland enhancement is the rehabilitation or re-establishment of a degraded wetland, and/or the modification of an existing wetland, which augments specific site conditions for specific species or purposes; possibly at the expense of other functions and other species.

Purposes and Benefits

To provide specific wetland conditions to favor specific wetland functions and targeted species by:

  • hydrologic enhancement (depth duration and season of inundation, and/or duration and season of soil saturation)
  • vegetative enhancement (including the removal of undesired species, and/or seeding or planting of desired species).

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Access Control (472)
Fence (382)
Restoration and Management of Rare or Declining Habitats (643)
Shallow Water Development and Management (646)
Structure for Water Control (587)
Wetland Creation (658)
Wetland Restoration (657)
Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management (644)

Additional Information

Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) - USDA NRCS New York
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) - USDA NRCS

Better Wetlands

NRCS Kansas and NRCS Idaho have teamed up to publish a booklet and accompanying web page named Better Wetlands, a guide to more than a dozen ideas to improve restored wetlands for wildlife and personal enjoyment. Through their generosity, NRCS New York has created it's own web version based on the material found in the original publication.

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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