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2E-M:/ while Wisconsin and Ohio act, Michigan's isolated wetlands go unprotected

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  • Senior Staff
    Apr 18, 2001
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      Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey"

      A U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year removed potentially millions
      of acres of wetlands across the nation from protection under federal law.
      The Court found that Congress did not intend to regulate development of
      these "isolated" wetlands in traditionally non-navigable waters even though
      the waterfowl that frequent these wetlands often cross state boundaries.

      The ruling is prompting conservation action by at least two Republican Great
      Lakes Governors, as you can find at the links below. Meanwhile, Michigan's
      Governor does nothing despite a scientific report issued late in the 1990s
      that recommended the state designate over 350 isolated wetlands for
      protection under state law. The study was only a preliminary inventory.
      There are likely thousands of such wetlands in Michigan that could be
      protected by state law but are being lost one by one as the state DEQ stands

      April 16, 2001
      Madison - Gov. Scott McCallum plans to call his first special session of the
      Legislature in an attempt to broker a deal on a bill to protect wetlands
      left unprotected by a January U.S. Supreme Court ruling.



      COLUMBUS - Gov. Bob Taft yesterday ordered developers to obtain a new state
      permit before proceeding on projects that could affect isolated wetlands.


      ENVIRO-MICH: Internet List and Forum for Michigan Environmental
      and Conservation Issues and Michigan-based Citizen Action. Archives at