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Threats from Habitat Destruction
More than 66 percent of the lakes’ original wetlands have been filled in or destroyed. Wetlands provide essential services for people such as reducing flooding, preventing erosion and improving water quality. They also provide vital habitat to wildlife, waterfowl and fish, and are the backbone of the region’s outdoor economy. By funding Great Lakes restoration programs, we can restore wetlands, improve water quality and support recreation opportunities for communities across the region. Read about sources of habitat destruction in the Great Lakes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.