Compensating for Wetland Losses Under the Clean Water Act

Compensating for Wetland Losses Under the Clean Water Act

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Recognizing the importance of wetland protection, the Bush administration in 1988 endorsed the goal of qno net lossq of wetlands. Specifically, it directed that filling of wetlands should be avoided, and minimized when it cannot be avoided. When filling is permitted, compensatory mitigation must be undertaken; that is, wetlands must be restored, created, enhanced, and, in exceptional cases, preserved, to replace the permitted loss of wetland area and function, such as water quality improvement within the watershed. After more than a dozen years, the national commitment to qno net lossq of wetlands has been evaluated. This new book explores the adequacy of science and technology for replacing wetland function and the effectiveness of the federal program of compensatory mitigation in accomplishing the nation's goal of clean water. It examines the regulatory framework for permitting wetland filling and requiring mitigation, compares the mitigation institutions that are in use, and addresses the problems that agencies face in ensuring sustainability of mitigated wetlands over the long term. Gleaning lessons from the mixed results of mitigation efforts to date, the book offers 10 practical guidelines for establishing and monitoring mitigated wetlands. It also recommends that federal, state, and local agencies undertake specific institutional reforms. This book will be important to anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of the qno net lossq issue: policy makers, regulators, environmental scientists, educators, and wetland advocates.Tech. Report WRP-DE-17 Operational Draft. Vicksburg, MS: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station. [Online]. ... Wetland loss and substitution by the Section 404 Permit Program in southern California, USA. Environ. Manage. 20(2):263-274. Andreas, B.K., and R.W. Lichvar. 1995. Floristic Index for Establishing Assessment Standards: A Case Study for Northern Ohio. Wetlandsanbsp;...

Title:Compensating for Wetland Losses Under the Clean Water Act
Author: Water Science and Technology Board, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Committee on Mitigating Wetland Losses, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2001-11-06

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