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Constructed Wetland

A wetland constructed in a wet, unproductive pasture

Practice Code: 656
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

An artificial ecosystem with hydrophytic vegetation for water treatment.

Purposes and Benefits

  • For treatment of wastewater and contaminated runoff from agricultural processing, livestock, and aquaculture facilities, or
  • For improving the quality of storm water runoff or other water flows lacking specific water quality discharge criteria.

Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices

This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process. View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.   

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.


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.

Related Conservation Practices

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

Nutrient Management (590)
Waste Recycling (633)
Waste Separation Facility (632)
Waste Storage Facility (313)

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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