MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont's wetlands are being restored, and it could take a lot of work.
Environmental leaders gave an update on Tuesday in Montpelier.
They said Vermont's wetlands make up about 4% of the state.
Those lands are a habitat for wildlife, but also help with flood protection and water quality improvement.
Leaders say we lose around 4 acres a year to development but new programs and nonprofits are restoring them faster than they're being lost.
"Overall, we believe that about a third of the phosphorus reduction that we need to achieve in order to meet our water quality goals will come through natural quality restoration quality projects and wetlands are a huge component of that," Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore said.
For perspective, since pre-Colonial days, environmentalists say we've lost about one-third of all of the wetlands in Vermont.