The Wetlands Bankting Program

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Roe Paper No. 4 2007 Author(s): John DeVillars — Publication date: 2007-07-01 Category: Better Government Abstract: In spite of stringent federal, state and local wetlands regulations in Massachusetts, too many fragile ecosystems are still threatened by development. A primary reason for this is that the Commonwealth’s wetlands mitigation regulations are poorly designed, difficult to implement and costly to regulate. In many permitting situations a new, privatized approach to mitigation—wetlands banking—could help ensure that our wetlands are more fully and cost-effectively protected and restored.

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