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E-M:/ bill to protect small wetlands (from the mackinac center's attacks)



The linked article from yesterday's Detroit Free Press highlights an effort by State Rep. Paul Condino to end the absurd loophole in Michigan's wetlands laws that exposes non-contigous wetlands under 5 acres in size to destruction without public oversight or a DEQ permit.
 
The bill, unfortunately, applies only to those on publicly-owned land, but that doesn't stop Diane Katz at the hard-right Mackinac Center from attacking it, using the usual extremist mantra that the bill is not based on sound science. But how sound is her science when she says, "The definition of wetlands has been stretched to encompass any plot of land that gets wet sometimes."
 
Go to wetland ecology school, Diane.
 
http://www.freep.com/news/mich/nwet23_20030423.htm