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ELI Study of State Wetland Programs

Launched in 2003, ELI’s 50-state wetland program study was designed to inform and advance state wetland protection by providing information on state program regulatory and non-regulatory tools and activities to state, tribal, and federal agencies, nongovernmental conservation organizations, and the public. For each of the 50 states, ELI examined seven “core” components of state wetland programs:

  • State laws, regulations, and programs;
  • Monitoring and assessment;
  • Restoration programs and activities;
  • Water quality standards;
  • Public-private partnerships;
  • Coordination among state and federal agencies; and
  • Education and outreach activities.

The final report, State Wetland Protection: Status, Trends & Model Approaches, provides a comprehensive look at how states are approaching each of the seven core elements for state wetland programs, including summary data, trends and analysis, and model approaches.

ELI has also prepared narratives summarizing state wetland program elements for each state. Click on the state below to view its individual narrative:

State Wetlands Map Washington Oregon California Idaho Nevada Utah Arizona Montana Wyoming Colorado New Mexico North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Hawaii Florida Louisiana Arkansas Missouri Iowa Minnesota Michigan Wisconsin Illinois Indiana kentucky Tennessee Mississipi Alabama Georgia South Carolina North Carolina Ohio West Virginia Virginia Pennsylvania New York Vermont Maine New Hampshire Massachusetts Connecticut Rhode Island New Jersey Delaware Maryland Texas Alaska

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky

Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota

Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

State summaries and data can also be found in the Phase I, Phase II, Phase III, and Phase IV reports of this project.

Funding for the study was provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Other links of interest: