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E-M:/ wetland replacement not all it's cracked up to be

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

Since 1988, Michigan has legally permitted more than 1,600 acres of wetlands
to be destroyed to make room for houses, malls, schools, roads, condominiums
and businesses. That's an area larger than 1,322 football fields.

To offset the loss, state officials have required developers to create an
average of about 1.5 acres of new wetlands for each acre that is filled.

But an audit by the agency that regulates them shows the state rarely checks
whether those wetlands were built. About half are too small, less than a
quarter work the way they are supposed to and many weren't built, according
to the Department of Environmental Quality study.


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