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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Wetland Degradation: Two Letters Warning of the Problems Inherent in Decreased Federal Involvement in Environmental Regulation by Anita
Cheek Moon - 24 Feb 2003 paper properly!
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