The way you care for your lawn, clean and treat your car and house, and maintain your septic system all help determine the wellbeing of the wetland. By helping to take care of the wetland, you will also be protecting the water you drink and the land you live on.
The Benefits of Wetlands
A wetland can be thought of as a giant sponge. It absorbs runoff and releases it slowly downstream or into the ground water. Healthy wetlands, such as the Thousand Acre Swamp in Monroe County, provide nearby and downstream landowners with a buffer against deluges, helping to protect their property from flooding. Wetlands also purify groundwater and surface water by absorbing excess nutrients and sediments.
The Thousand Acre Swamp is one of Monroe County, New York’s largest wetland systems, and plays a particularly important wetland role due to its location and biological diversity. The swamp serves as the headwaters of Hipp Brook, which drains into Irondequoit Bay, and Four Mile Creek, which drains into Lake Ontario. The Swamp is also important habitat to many species of plants and animals, including several protected and vulnerable species.
Doing Your Part
Maintain your septic system. Household waste water carries disease-causing organisms and other potential contaminants that may threaten your health and the environment. A properly functioning septic system will treat most contaminants found in household waste water, protecting human health and preventing contamination of wetlands and drinking water supplies.