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E-M:/ wetland protection

In response to earlier questions, here is my understanding:

* If in fact the proposal is to repeal the state wetlands law, local authority over wetlands via ordinance is at risk, unless that specific part of the statute is not repealed. Any local government with a current or proposed wetlands conservation ordinance should speak out.

* Unless the federal Clean Water Restoration Act is passed, millions of acres of wetlands nationally are under uncertain regulatory authority, thanks to a maze of conflicting Bush-era court decisions and EPA guidance. That would affect what the Corps and EPA could protect in Michigan.

* The Corps would have to double or triple its staff in Michigan to provide anything close to the program Michigan provides.

* It is unclear how the proposal squares with Michigan's recently released ambitious Great Lakes strategy. You can't restore the Great Lakes by amputating wetlands.

* It is likely that major losses of wetlands in Michigan will occur if repeal is in fact the proposal.

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