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Why We’re Mapping Historical Wetlands

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

You have to know where you’ve been to know where you want to go.

We’ve all heard that expression before. It turns out that its true for environmental issues too.  

That’s exactly why our National Wetlands Inventory program is taking a historical look back at the way the country used to look, specifically focusing on wetlands.  By locating and mapping where wetlands used to be on the landscape, we can move forward in knowing where the best places to re-establish wetlands are.

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Wetlands at 
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS)

At the time of European settlement in the early 1600’s, the area that would eventually become the United States had approximately 221 million acres of wetlands, but less than 400 years later, only 103 million acres remained.  

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Image description: Average temperatures in the U.S. are changing. Since 1901, the average surface temperature across the contiguous 48 states has risen at an average rate of 0.14°F per decade.
Learn more in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Change Indicators Report.
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Image description: Average temperatures in the U.S. are changing. Since 1901, the average surface temperature across the contiguous 48 states has risen at an average rate of 0.14°F per decade.

Learn more in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Change Indicators Report.

Image from the EPA.

Read this note in Spanish.

Image description: Recycling and composting helps save natural resources.
Recycling and composting 87 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) saved more than 1.1 quadrillion BTU of energy. That’s the same amount of energy consumer by over 10 million U.S. households in a year.
Every ton of paper recycled can save the equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline.
Recycling 1 ton of aluminum cans conserves over 153 million BTUs equivalent to 26 barrels of oil or 1,665 gallons of gasoline.
Make a difference today! If we all take small steps every day to reduce the amount of waste we produce, we can help protect our planet for generations to come.
For more information, visit www.epa.gov/recycle.
This infographic is based on data from EPA’s 2011 MSW Characterization Report. For more information, see http://1.USA.gov/USmsw.
Check out http://1.USA.gov/mswinfog for the full infographic.
Inforgraphic from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Image description: Recycling and composting helps save natural resources.

  • Recycling and composting 87 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) saved more than 1.1 quadrillion BTU of energy. That’s the same amount of energy consumer by over 10 million U.S. households in a year.
  • Every ton of paper recycled can save the equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline.
  • Recycling 1 ton of aluminum cans conserves over 153 million BTUs equivalent to 26 barrels of oil or 1,665 gallons of gasoline.

Make a difference today! If we all take small steps every day to reduce the amount of waste we produce, we can help protect our planet for generations to come.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/recycle.

This infographic is based on data from EPA’s 2011 MSW Characterization Report. For more information, see http://1.USA.gov/USmsw.

Check out http://1.USA.gov/mswinfog for the full infographic.

Inforgraphic from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Image description: When you throw something away, where does it go?
Every year, Americans create 250 million tons of trash. 134 million tons end up in landfills and incinerators, but it doesn’t have to. 
You can dramatically reduce the amount of trash that is thrown away by taking a few easy steps:
Reduce the amount of materials you use, which reduces the amount of waste you create.
Reuse materials when possible.
Recycle whenever possible.
Rethink the materials you use and those you throw away.
By thinking about what we’re doing and how to reduce the waste we produce, we can help create a cleaner, healthier environment.
Make a difference today! If we all take small steps every day to reduce the amount of waste we produce, we can help protect our planet for generations to come.
For more information, visit www.epa.gov/recycle.
This infographic is based on data from EPA’s 2011 MSW Characterization Report. For more information, see http://1.USA.gov/USmsw.
Check out http://1.USA.gov/mswinfog for the full infographic.
Inforgraphic from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Image description: When you throw something away, where does it go?

Every year, Americans create 250 million tons of trash. 134 million tons end up in landfills and incinerators, but it doesn’t have to. 

You can dramatically reduce the amount of trash that is thrown away by taking a few easy steps:

  • Reduce the amount of materials you use, which reduces the amount of waste you create.
  • Reuse materials when possible.
  • Recycle whenever possible.
  • Rethink the materials you use and those you throw away.

By thinking about what we’re doing and how to reduce the waste we produce, we can help create a cleaner, healthier environment.

Make a difference today! If we all take small steps every day to reduce the amount of waste we produce, we can help protect our planet for generations to come.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/recycle.

This infographic is based on data from EPA’s 2011 MSW Characterization Report. For more information, see http://1.USA.gov/USmsw.

Check out http://1.USA.gov/mswinfog for the full infographic.

Inforgraphic from the Environmental Protection Agency.