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4-H clover 4-H Water and Wetlands Project

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What you'll do

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.

  • 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

Levels of learning


Fairs and exhibits


Future study and careers

You could study water science at the University of Minnesota. 

Park rangers, hydrologists and conservation scientists study and manage natural resources and water supplies. 


Reviewed in 2018

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