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4-H clover 4-H Water & Wetlands Project

What you'll do

Wetlands are important! They store water and help prevent flooding. Minnesota originally had 18.6 million acres of wetlands that provided water for birds, fish, and other wildlife. Only half of these wetlands remain. Learn about these ecosystems and how to protect water quality, and the lives that depend on the state's wetlands - including our own

  • Understand the ecosystems of lakes, rivers, and wetlands
  • Learn about surface water and groundwater
  • What is the water cycle?
  • Understand water quality and pollution
  • How do human activities such as agriculture, urban development, and home septic systems affect water quality?
  • Learn to be a good water steward

What's a 4-H project?

Levels of learning

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Fairs & exhibits

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Future study and careers

You could study water science at the University of Minnesota. 

Reviewed in 2018

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