Coastal wetlands filter our water, protect our coastal communities from floods, and provide habitat for fish and other wildlife—but they’re quickly disappearing. NOAA works with our partners to protect and restore these valuable habitats. Wetlands—including marshes, mangroves, swamps, deltas, and floodplains—provide valuable benefits to people, species, and communities.
Coastal Wetland Highlights
Interview with a Habitat: Wetland
Pull-on your waterproof boots and hop in an airboat to join NOAA as we wade into Louisiana’s coastal wetlands for an interview. Learn more about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands
Coastal Wetlands: Too Valuable to Lose
More than just a pretty view, wetlands are a pivotal part of the natural system, providing tremendous benefits for coastal communities. Coastal wetlands include all wetlands in coastal watersheds—the entire area from which tidal streams drain to the ocean or inland seas. Learn more about the importance of coastal wetlands
Rebuilding More Resilient Salt Marsh at Quonochontaug Pond
Faced with accelerating sea-level rise and more frequent coastal storms, a vulnerable salt marsh gets a boost through a NOAA-funded resiliency project.Learn more about this resiliency project
Conducting Large-Scale Wetland Restoration in Louisiana
Louisiana ranks second only to Alaska in total pounds of commercial fish and shellfish landed each year. Wetlands are nurseries for these rich fisheries. Louisiana’s coastal habitat is also the state’s first line of defense during storms, reducing the devastating effects of wind, waves, and flooding. Learn more about the importance of wetland restoration in Louisiana
Coastal communities face constant challenges from shoreline erosion. New stabilization options, like living shorelines, are gaining attention as an alternative to traditional shoreline stabilization techniques. Learn more about living shorelines
A living shoreline, composed of marsh and oyster reef, protects a developed island in Beaufort, North Carolina.
Construction Completed on Oregon Working Landscape Project Benefiting Farmers and Fish
Unique partnership of federal, state, tribal and local agencies, the agriculture industry, and environmental community worked together on a mutually beneficial habitat restoration project supporting salmon recovery. Learn more about this restoration partnership
What's Wild in Our Wetlands?
Swamps and marshes are two kinds of “wetlands” – areas that look like land but are sometimes so wet that fish live in many of them. In fact, many fish couldn't live without them. Find out what kind of fish might be in your local wetland
Coastal Wetland Videos
Check out this video of Magnolia Marsh wetlands restoration.
Huntington Beach - California Coast
Watch this video to learn how restoration efforts at Huntington Beach are helping to protect California's coastline.
What is a Wetland?
A wetland is an area of land that is saturated with water. There are many different kinds of wetlands and many ways to categorize them.