Assists in Wetland Reclamation
Assists in Wetland Reclamation

Compost – Wetland Reclamation Benefits

Compost is a very important tool in both protecting and creating wetlands. This is an especially useful benefit for state Department of Transportations (DOTs), who routinely work around wetlands during road projects. For them, compost is a tool to protect adjacent wetlands and sometimes it is used to even create new wetlands as part of compensatory mitigation programs.

Protecting Wetlands

Compost is extremely beneficial as a buffer between potential pollutants and fragile ecosystems like wetlands. When used like this, compost acts as a filter for those pollutants, effectively protecting sensitive environments from contamination. State DOTs recognize this benefit of compost and routinely use it to protect wetlands in the vicinity of their projects.

Creating New Wetlands

Compost also has a role in reclaiming wetlands and even strategically creating new ones. When used for this purpose, compost supplies the highly organic material that wetlands require to thrive. For more information and a case study of how the Connecticut DOT used compost to create wetlands, click below.