Though more than half of the original wetlands in the continental United States have been destroyed, there is a move afoot to protect this invaluable resource. How can communities create effective local wetland protection programs?
This report presents a detailed model ordinance that communities can use to draft a new ordinance—or just amend one that already exists. It defines and describes wetlands, explains why they are important to preserve, and examines their status in the United States. The report also examines federal, state, and local wetland regulations that communities frequently use to protect nontidal wetlands.
The authors also give examples of local regulations that, while not aimed specifically at wetlands, can be used to protect them from drainage and development. Includes numerous photos depicting wetlands and the wildlife that lives in them and a broad sampling of language gathered from an APA survey of local ordinances that are part of wetland protection programs, along with commentary. An invaluable tool for those trying to protect the wetlands that are left in the United States.
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