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

Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davemec@voyager.net>

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.


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