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Wetlands contribute to water quality by removing excess nutrients and pollutants that originated in the uplands before they reach the estuary. Wetlands also offer important habitat for a wide variety of organisms that rely on the area as a nursery ground, and provide protection against coastal erosion.

Freshwater Wetlands

Freshwater wetlands occur throughout Miami-Dade, particularly in western and southern parts of the county.

Wetlands provide areas for aquifer recharge, retention of flood waters and fish and wildlife habitat. They also naturally protect water quality. Therefore, permits are required for work in wetlands.

Coastal Wetlands

Coastal, or saltwater, wetlands consist of salt marshes and mangrove swamps.

Salt Marshes

Salt marshes consist mostly of grasses and herbaceous plants, which provide the coastline with protection from direct wave action.

Wetlands Advisory Task Force

In July 2011, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) adopted Resolution R-561-11, which established the Wetlands Advisory Task Force (WATF). The WATF consisted of seven voting members, six appointed by the BCC and one appointed by the Mayor, and three non-voting members, representing the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the South Florida Water Management District.

The Wetlands Advisory Task Force held its final meeting in July 2012 and submitted its final recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.

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