World Wetlands Day is Declared for Hillsborough County
February 2nd has been proclaimed as World Wetlands Day in Hillsborough County! Commissioner Pat Kemp, Chair, made the declaration on behalf of the EPC Commission during the January Commission Meeting.
World Wetlands Day is celebrated every 2nd of February marking the 1971 adoption of the Convention of Wetlands, also known as the Ramsar Convention. The mission of the Convention is “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world”.
The importance of protecting our local wetlands cannot be overstated. Our wetlands are critical for protecting the quality of Hillsborough County’s aquifer, creeks, lakes, rivers, and springs, and sustaining the region’s ecosystem and maintaining flood control. They are also crucial for a healthy and productive Tampa Bay, stabilizing shorelines, providing nurseries for fish and rookeries for birds, and serving as an important habitat for numerous estuarine species.
EPC appreciates the residents, numerous organizations and agencies that demonstrate their stewardship for the conservation of the county’s wetlands habitats. We encourage everyone (residents, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations) to take action and join us in raising public awareness of wetland conservation standards, and the benefits from these rich environmental resources.
Find out more:
Official World Wetlands Day website
EPC's Wetlands Management Division