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Is a Swamp a Wetland?

A few years ago, a guy I worked with asked me, “why do we now call all these swamps wetlands?”. At the time I answered, “must just be the way to get people to think about them differently, you know give them some value.” The word swamp conjures up images of stinky stagnant water with a greenish tinge.

2586700179_795299e830_mHowever, as I’ve since found out, swamps are just a type of wetland. Which kind of makes sense. There are actually a number of categories of wetlands out there, check these links if you are interested in learning more…

US EPA Wetlands

Swamps on Wikipedia

Wetlands on Natural Resources Canada

[ad#125-right]By the way, the five types of wetland are (from the Canadian guide):

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.