Wetlands provide many functions that are highly valued for their benefits to society. These benefits can be divided into three categories:1) environmental quality values, 2) socio- economic values, and 3) aquatic and wildlife values.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated the economic values of wetlands in Maryland within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (EPA, 1997).
Economic value of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Wetlands
Retail sales from wetland-dependent migratory bird hunting totalednearly $20 million
57 million pounds of crabs wereharvested with a commercialvalue of $35 million in 1993
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