Wetland Functions

Follow the links on this page for detailed information about the primary functions of wetlands in Maryland. These links include examples of wetlands that provide functions that are particularly important in specific regions of the State.


Wetlands perform many ecological functions and have special characteristics that make them important and valuable natural resources for Marylanders.

Education & Scientific Research

Stormwater & Flood Control
Groundwater Recharge
and Discharge

Improved Water Quality

Recreation & Aesthetics

Ecological Diversity & Habitat including:


Aquatic Wildlife Vegetation
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