Massachusetts contains many different wetland types that support critical natural habitats for rare and common plants and animals. Wetlands also provide benefits to people and communities such as flood reduction, protection from coastal storms, water quality improvement, and recreation. These benefits help to protect and sustain our quality of life. Vast areas of wetlands throughout the commonwealth have been filled, drained, ditched, polluted, and otherwise damaged. To undo the damage done to wetlands, DER works with many partners to carry out wetland restoration projects. DER identifies new projects, provides technical assistance, secures project funding, and coordinates the projects from start to finish.