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Wetlands dot the landscape but are often misunderstood for the values they provide. Alberta’s wetlands are one of this province’s most beautiful natural resources – that are are most often, taken for granted. They are seen as wastelands or impediments to progress; they are often filled, drained or ignored. But without wetlands Alberta would be a poor place to live.
Take a trip in rural Alberta, or along most any provincial highway and you are bound to encounter at least one of these natural wonders. Sometimes called sloughs, marshes, ponds or potholes, they team with aquatic plant and animal life and add a natural beauty to Alberta’s prairies, parkland and boreal forests.
Wetlands nourish a variety of wildlife. They filter and replenish the water Albertans depend on. Wetlands provide water for Alberta’s livestock industry and renew the groundwater supplies that help grow Alberta’s crops. In urban and rural municipalities, wetlands can boost the economic value of many residential and recreational properties.