Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment and Wildlife Habitat



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United States Environmental Protection Agency


The potential for achieving improved water quality while creating valuable wildlife habitat has lead to a growing interest in the use of constructed wetlands for treating and recycling wastewater. While land intensive, these systems offer an effective means of integrating wastewater treatment and resource enhancement, often at a cost that is competitive with conventional wastewater treatment alternatives. This document provides brief descriptions of 17 wetland treatment systems from across the country that are providing significant water quality benefits such as wildlife habitat. The projects described include systems involving both constructed and natural wetlands, habitat creation and restoration, and the improvement of municipal effluent, urban stormwater and river water quality. Each project description was developed by individuals directly involved with or very familiar with the project in a format that could also be used as a stand-alone brochure or handout for project visitors.


184 pages; available for download at the link below.


wastewater management, constructed wetlands, environmental protection