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Since 1991, each May is recognized as American Wetlands Month. It is a time to celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to the nation’s ecological, economic, and social health. Wetlands help improve water quality and supply, reduce flooding, and provide critical habitat. There are eight types of wetlands. Some wetlands are dry for much of the year and others are covered by several feet of water. It is estimated that Minnesota has lost about 50 percent of its original wetland acreage. The city has committed to restoring a 500 acre open space known as the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary.
Things you can do:
Do not drain, fill, or excavate any low areas on your property without finding out if the area is wetland To download the Open Space Passport, visit BlaineMN.gov/OpenSpacePassport For more information about the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary, visit BlaineMN.gov/WetlandSanctuary.