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Wetland Protection Guide - Washington Wetlands Network

Wetland Protection Guide - Washington Wetlands Network

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WetlandProtectionGuide
 A Citizen's Guide to Wetland Protection Before and After the Bulldozer Arrives 
First Edition, 1995
The Wetland Protection Guide
is published bySeattle Audubon Society, Washington Wetlands Network (Wetnet), with funds from the Bullitt Foundation. Addi-tional funding received from the King County PollutionControl Department, Community Action GrantWritten by Jennifer Thomas and Dee ArntzEdited by Ruth Shaeffer and Christopher Townsend,
Second Edition
The Wetland Protection Guide
is published byAudubon~WA, Washington Wetlands Network (Wetnet)with funds from the King CountyWater Quality Fund.Edited by Tracy Burrows and Christi NormanArtwork by Peggy Allen JohnsonGraphic Design by Al Tietjen, Fusion StudiosWetnet of Audubon~Washington5031 University Way NE, #207, Seattle, WA 98105© 1999, Wetnet of Audubon~Washington
Views and recommendations in this report do not necessarily representthose of the funding agencies.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The WetlandProtection Guide
Chapter One
 WETLANDS 101: Wetlands Made Simple........................................9
Chapter Two
THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK: The Playing Field..............................16
Chapter Three
THE PLAYERS: Points of View.................................................29
Chapter Four
CITIZEN ACTION: Strategies for Success.........................................39
Chapter Five
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 WETLAND EMERGENCY: The Bulldozer Is Here!..................59
APPENDIX A: REGULATORY PERMITS......................................................67APPENDIX B: GLOSSARY................................................................................71APPENDIX C: WHERE TO FIND IT................................................................78APPENDIX D: SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY................................................81
 
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Introduction
W
etlands are an important contributor in preserving ahealthy environment. Wetlands protect our water, minimizeflooding and provide wildlife habitat. Congress and our Legislaturehave recognized the importance of wetlands and passed laws toprotect them. These laws provide roles for regulators, developers,citizens and policy makers. This Guide is designed both as a roadmap and as a tool box for everyone interested in wetland protection. Also, we hope that the information and strategies presented here will promote long-term partnerships between citizens, developersand local governments. This Guide can help each player solveexisting problems and prevent future problems.Our laws and regulations provide the framework to preservethe integrity of our remaining wetland resources. The Guideexplains how to work with existing laws and regulations applicablein Washington state. Our primary focus is the local level. Land usechange is site specific and that site is where you live, the neighbor-hood and the local jurisdiction.Land use scenarios or games are played out in cities and
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