Developers rush to build in wetlands after ruling
Fri Dec 6, 9:57 AM ET 
By Traci Watson, USA TODAY 

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Thousands of acres of wetlands across the country are being bulldozed or filled with dirt because of a 2001 Supreme Court decision that stripped them of federal protection. 

Millions of acres more are still vulnerable. When these swamps and bogs vanish, so does their capacity for preventing floods, cleansing water of pollutants and sheltering waterfowl and fish.

The wetlands singled out in the court decision are 'isolated,' that is, no channel connects them to a larger body of water. Wetlands are too unstable to support heavy structures. So a developer must fill a wetland with dirt, destroying it, before building on top of it.

Many of these isolated wetlands are located in rapidly growing areas of the country. Developers, who want to build houses and shopping centers, say that federal officials too often consider ditches and other small areas to be isolated wetlands and that these are not that valuable to the environment.....

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Should businesses be allowed to build on wetlands that are no longer federally protected?
Developers rush to build in wetlands after ruling

Fri Dec 6, 9:57 AM ET

By Traci Watson, USA TODAY

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Thousands of acres of wetlands across the country are being bulldozed or filled with dirt because of a 2001 Supreme Court decision that stripped them of federal protection.

Millions of acres more are still vulnerable. When these swamps and bogs vanish, so does their capacity for preventing floods, cleansing water of pollutants and sheltering waterfowl and fish.

The wetlands singled out in the court decision are `isolated,` that is, no channel connects them to a larger body of water. Wetlands are too unstable to support heavy structures. So a developer must fill a wetland with dirt, destroying it, before building on top of it.

Many of these isolated wetlands are located in rapidly growing areas of the country. Developers, who want to build houses and shopping centers, say that federal officials too often consider ditches and other small areas to be isolated wetlands and that these are not that valuable to the environment.....

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19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 12/20/02 - 8:05:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. I know a few places like that and they are slowly sinking. Its all about the green...tisk tisk
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 12/20/02 - 8:06:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
No
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 12/20/02 - 8:08:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
Theres just too many damn people.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 12/31/02 - 10:49:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ideally, no, but if they're not protected, who's going to stop them? They ARE allowed...
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/4/03 - 10:48:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
Same as ohlefty. I don't think they should but no one can stop them if the wetland is not protected.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/4/03 - 5:30:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
If it was important they would be protected, but it's not, so they aren't, so yes.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/12/03 - 6:17:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, it is very important that they be protected. I don't understand why these federal protections were dropped. This was a huge mistake. Wetlands protect us from flooding, they keep the ecosystem in balance, keep the water table at an optimum, stabilize the soil and provide soil nutrients, and provide crucial habitat for wildlife. Wetlands are extremely important.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/12/03 - 6:28:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
On top of that, some developers build homes on flood plains that flood only once per decade or generation. So many homeowners have no recourse when suddenly they find their entire house under water.



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