IDEM, Ducks Unlimited to inventory Hoosier wetlands

Wetlands play an important role in Indiana, storing rainwater, slowing the movement of floodwater, and purifying the water that runs into the groundwater system. Even though these ecosystems are crucial to Indiana, a comprehensive inventory has not been completed in over two decades. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited, is funding a project to inventory and identify Indiana's wetlands...

Aug. 20, 2008 -- Wetlands play an important role in Indiana, storing rainwater, slowing the movement of floodwater, and purifying the water that runs into the groundwater system. Even though these ecosystems are crucial to Indiana, a comprehensive inventory has not been completed in over two decades. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited, is funding a project to inventory and identify Indiana's wetlands.

Utilizing the former inventory completed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited staff will compare data with aerial photos taken in 2005. They will determine locations and sizes, as well as what type of wetland comprises each area.

Following the inventory, volunteers will be asked to visit sites to compare the data listed with the actual wetland as a quality control. "In order to aid in the update process, we are in need of volunteers to assist with visiting a few of the wetlands," said Robb Macleod, GIS Manager with Ducks Unlimited. "The information collected in the field is used to access the accuracy of the wetlands inventory, which will make the finished project even more useful for organizations and planning efforts."

The value of the inventory will be evident over the coming years. "Wetlands are a vital part of the Indiana environment," said Thomas Easterly, IDEM commissioner. "The information that this project gathers will provide resources for IDEM and Hoosiers to better protect a vibrant and essential natural resource."

Hoosiers interested in volunteering to verify wetland sites can visit the Ducks Unlimited website at http://glaro.ducks.org/nwi for more information.

IDEM implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.

###

More in Home
Wastewater treatment 4.0
Sponsored
Wastewater treatment 4.0