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4-H clover 4-H water resources project

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Wetlands are important! They store water, clean it and help prevent flooding. Minnesota originally had 18.6 million acres of wetlands that provided habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife. Half of them are now gone due to human activity.

Learn how to protect wetlands and water quality, and how we depend on our state's wetlands.

What can you do?

In the water resources project, you can:

  • Understand the ecosystems of lakes, rivers and wetlands.
  • Learn about surface water and groundwater.
  • Understand water quality and pollution.
  • Explore how human activities such as agriculture, urban development and home septic systems affect water quality.
  • Learn to be a good water steward.

These are just some of the many ways you can participate in this project. 

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