Check out this press release from the U.S. Department of the Interior, claiming that a net increase in “wetlands” acreage since 1997 is a victory for conservation, even though this increase comes mainly from the construction of artificial ponds such as farm impoundments and golf course water hazards, many of which were created to replace natural swamps, ponds, and marshes that were filled in by developers during the same period.

What do you think? Are artificial wetlands as good for wildlife and waterfowl as natural ones?