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Wetlands Alberta

Engaging Albertans to conserve and protect wetlands

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Wetlands act as nature’s water filter, removing contaminants and trapping sediments.

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Wetlands

From Alberta’s northern boreal forests to the southernmost tip of the province, from east boundary to west, wetlands are found throughout the Alberta landscape.

Although close to 21% of the province is covered by wetlands, over time wetlands in Alberta have been significantly altered or destroyed by urban sprawl, expanding agriculture and other human development.

But the view that wetlands are just wastelands is changing. People are realizing their ecological, social and economic importance and their need to be conserved and protected.

In this section you will learn more about types of wetlands, what wetlands have to offer, wetland creatures and why wetland conservation is so important.

Wetlands provide storage across the landscape to help hold back flood waters and reduce flood peaks.