Highlighting Congaree National Park on World Wetlands Day

February 2 is World Wetlands Day, and it’s a great occasion to learn about South Carolina’s beautiful wetlands and their importance.

Wetlands are vegetated aquatic ecosystems that include areas such as Carolina bays, marshes and swamps. There are approximately 4.1 million acres of wetlands in South Carolina, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  

Wetlands support the state’s economy by providing outdoor recreation opportunities and habitat for wildlife. Wetlands also help provide safety and health benefits to communities in the state by reducing flooding, acting as natural water quality filters and replenishing water supplies.  

Photo courtesy of Congaree National Park.

This year, the Water Quality Division wants to highlight Congaree National Park. Located just over 20 miles from 2600 Bull Street, it is the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States.  

The park offers opportunities to explore this area by both land and water. In recognition of National Wetlands Day take some time to learn about the history of Congaree National Park, its biodiversity and importance of this protected area in our state.  

For more information on Congaree National Park, please visit Congaree National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).

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