Wetland Restoration and Construction
A primary focus of the USC Wetland Program is Wetland Restoration and Construction. We accredit past landuse modifications to dramatic losses of wetland acreage across New York possibly by as much as 60% (Mitch and Gosselink. Wetlands 2nd Edition, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993) and with current landuse trends shifting much of this land back to fallow and abandoned states there is excellent opportunity for wetland restoration throughout the USC Watershed.
Projects in headwater areas, with enthusiastic landowners, slight topography, and suitable soils are high priorities for voluntary restoration projects. We prefer to develop complexes of wetlands with variable depths and sizes and landscape types to increase diversity. We subscribe to the concept of “Variable Source Hydrology” to help select specific sites.
Some Characteristics of A Wetland Site with High Restoration Potential:
- an interested landowner who appreciates the ecological and/ or watershed benefits of wetlands.
- physical properties of the site including:
- low slopes
- "heavy" soils with little sand and gravel content
- physical properties should not include
- high quality existing wetland features including shrub, forested, or wet meadow wetlands without obvious degradation
- a stream with the objective of creating an impoundment
- access for heavy equipment
- Funding is unavailable through other government programs.
Potential wetland construction sites in the USC watershed can be documented by filling out this form and returning it to: