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E-M:/ Dingell, Oberstar Introduce Bill to Protect Wetlands

Title: Dingell, Oberstar Introduce Bill to Protect Wetlands


      New Legislation Promises to Protect America's Wetlands and Their Benefits for People and Wildlife

The Clean Water Authority Restoration Act of 2002 introduced today in the Senate by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), and in the House by Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), will protect the nation's so-called "isolated" wetlands and their benefits for people and wildlife across America, according to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

        "America's wetlands are being literally hung out to dry through a loophole created by a Supreme Court decision," said Mark Van Putten, NWF President.  "This new legislation restores Clean Water Act protections for isolated wetlands and the critical benefits they provide.  Without these wetlands, Americans could lose natural flood control, water purification, wildlife habitat and much more."

"These wetlands may appear to be isolated, but there's nothing isolated about the flood control, water quality and wildlife habitat benefits they provide to thousands of Americans," continued Van Putten.  "This legislation will fix the confusion about isolated wetlands and ensure their benefits continue for people and wildlife."

     For the full National Wildldife Federation press release click on  http://www.nwf.org/wetlands/newlegislation.html


Dingell, Oberstar Introduce Bill to Protect Wetlands

"In January of 2001, a divided Supreme Court ignored the will of the Congress and ruled that the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers do not have jurisdiction over isolated wetlands," said Congressman Dingell. "The decision was wrong, and the bill we are introducing today will make it clear that isolated wetlands are covered by the Clean Water Act."

"The legislative history of the Clean Water Act clearly, decisively and unequivocally states that isolated wetlands are protected by the statute," continued Dingell. "I know this because I was the one who included it in the record in 1972. Unfortunately, a majority of the Supreme Court neglected to read the legislative history, ignored the intent of the Congress, and issued a decision which severely weakens the Clean Water Act."

For the full Dingell press release click on http://www.house.gov/dingell/07-24-02.html