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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: