• Wetland Degradation: Two Letters Warning of the Problems Inherent in Decreased Federal Involvement in Environmental Regulation

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    This paper consists of two separate letters, one to the editor of an environmental journal and the other to a Congressman. Each urges a reconsideration of a proposal to decrease federal involvement in wetland regulation. The author provides ecological and economic details which can be used to justify not only the continued protection of wetlands but also the continued involvement of the federal government in that protection. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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    Dear Editor: This letter  is written in the hope that it will encourage your readership to pay close attention to what is occurring in the legislative environment in regard to federal involvement in environmental  regulation. It is my hope that this letter will act to accentuate your recent editorial evaluating the recommendations of the Presidential Council on Sustainable Development calling for decreased federal  regulation. Your editorial was a much-appreciated alert to the existence of the recommendation that the role of the federal government be reduced and replaced by a greater interaction of  developers and businesses. This is a recommendation which simply cannot be condoned by those of us who have witnessed the continuing degradation of our environment. I personally have  witnessed with much consternation the ongoing development of some or our regions most valued ecological areas over the past decade. It seems that we are intent on putting a  Wal Mart on every corner and a golf course adjacent to every back yard. As a considerable portion of your readership is most certainly aware, the areas which are  impacted in favor of this excessive development are not only important from an ecological standpoint, they are also important from an economic and community health standpoint. As you so  clearly illustrated in your editorial, our continued overdevelopment in our region is a sure road to ecological disaster and ultimately to economic disaster. My hope is that your readership  will act on their gut feelings and call and write their various representatives emphasizing their support for a continued federal involvement in environmental regulation. Centralized federal involvement, coupled with 

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