MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Wetlands Association released a list of 100 places it calls "gems" on Monday morning.
The list includes 93 sites that meet the definition of wetlands, with another 7 called "workhorses" because they accomplish many of the same goals as wetlands, like water absorption.
Cherokee Marsh, northeast of Lake Mendota, along with wetlands near Lake Waubesa and the Sugar River also made the list in our area.
Becky Abel with the WWA said she hopes the list will create more awareness about the environmental benefits and recreational opportunities of the wetlands, especially as local, county, and state governments are drafting their budgets in tight economic times.
Click on the video story to see a Web-excluse report from environmental reporter Carl Agnelly.