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Wetlands: An Overview of Issues [Updated March 13, 2007]   [open pdf - 152KB]

"The 110th Congress, like earlier ones, may consider numerous policy topics that involve wetlands. The 109th Congress examined controversies such as applying federal regulations on private lands, wetland loss rates, implementation of farm bill provisions, and implications of court decisions affecting the jurisdictional boundaries of the federal wetland permit program. It considered almost 100 bills with wetlands provisions, but only enacted legislation reauthorizing the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (P.L. 109-294) and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (P.L. 109-322). In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, congressional interest focused on the role that restored wetlands could play in protecting New Orleans, and coastal Louisiana more generally, but no legislation was enacted, beyond FY2006 appropriations and the offshore oil and gas revenue sharing bill (a provision of P.L. 109-432) passed at the end of 2006. The Bush Administration exhibited its interest in wetland protection when it stated shortly after the 2004 election that restoration of 3 million wetland acres would be a priority. The 110th Congress, like past Congresses, is also likely to involve itself in wetland topics at the program level, responding to legal decisions and administrative actions."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL33483
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2007-03-13
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National Agricultural Law Center http://www.nationalaglawcenter.org/crs/
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