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Over the summer one of the main activities at the Association of State Wetland Manager’s offices has been writing a handbook on developing Wetland Program Plans.  I’ve concluded that a successful program planning effort needs to include three elements: long … Continue reading

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“The objective of this Act is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters.” –Federal Water Pollution Control Act Sec. 101 [33 USC 1251 Sec. 101(a)] The Clean Water Act has a birthday this … Continue reading

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This week the House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing at 10:00 a.m. on September 20 titled, “Forty Years after the Clean Water Act: Is it Time for the States to … Continue reading

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When people think about wetlands and Congress, the Clean Water Act is the legislation that comes first to mind.  Since the 2001 SWANCC Supreme Court decision, and later the 2006 Carabell/Rapanos decision there has been a great deal of discussion … Continue reading

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May is American Wetlands Month.  It has been since 1991.  The purpose of American Wetlands Month is to celebrate the importance and value of wetlands.  In many parts of the country it is a great time of year to get … Continue reading

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On March 21, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in Chantell Sackett, et vir, Petitioners v. Environmental Protection Agency et al.  In a 9-0 decision written by Justice Scalia the Supreme Court held that the Sacketts … Continue reading

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Every five years the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) reissues the nationwide permits as required by the Clean Water Act.  This week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)  posted the revised and renewed nationwide permits that will be … Continue reading

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Wetland mitigation along with wetland restoration is a relatively recent concept, recognized on a national level after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the Mitigation Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in 1990. … Continue reading

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In the 2006 Carabell/Rapanos decision, the Supreme Court Justices lamented the absence of rulemaking following the SWANCC decision (2001) and recommended rulemaking as a follow-up to the Carabell/Rapanos decision.  Now, the House and possibly the Senate, are including language in … Continue reading

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In these difficult fiscal times most state budgets are being cut and state wetland programs are having difficulty maintaining current programs and the staff to carry them out.  It is not a time when most states are thinking about building … Continue reading

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