Title: Man-Made Wetlands Concern Manasota 88
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Title: Man-Made Wetlands Concern Manasota 88
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Publisher: The Bradenton Herald
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: The Bradenton Herald Article October 20, 1986
General Note: Box 7, Folder 2 ( Vail Conference 1987 - 1987 ), Item 64
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Man-made wetlands


The Bradenton Herald, Monday, October 20, 1986


concern Manasota 88


JOHN ALLARD
Herald Staff Writer
Environmentalists are con-
cerned that the state's consider-
ation of developers' plans to
recreate wetlands to compensate
for ones they fill in will lead to
approval of more fill permits for
salt marshes and other wetlands.
A case in point is the Depart-
ment of Environmental Regula-
tion's initial decision to approve a
permit that would have allowed
developer Wilbur Boyd to fill in 17
acres of wetlands for a golf course
at his Riverbay project in North-
west Bradenton.
Manasota 88, an influential en-
vironmental group, appealed the
ruling to a state administrative
hearing officer, who probably
won't issue a ruling on the matter
for several weeks.
DER's initial approval of Boyd's
permit request was due in part to
his promise to create a 1V-acre
artificial salt marsh to replace
some of the wetlands he fills in,
said Anthony Cleveland, a DER
attorney.
Under the 1984 Henderson Wet-
lands Act, mitigation plans have to
be considered by DER when it
looks at requests to fill in wet-
lands, Cleveland said.
DER's consideration of mitiga-
tion in permit decisions has an-
gered environmentalist who argue
that it doesn't work in most cases.
No one has ever tried to recreate
a salt marsh in Florida, said
Manasota 88 Chairwoman Gloria
Rains.
By granting fill permits to devel-
opers who have offered to create
some artificial wetlands, DER is
risking the loss of valuable marine
habitats with no guarantee that
they will ever be replaced, Rains
said.
Wetlands are important breed-
ing and feeding grounds for fish
and wading birds.
A study of wetlands in the Tam-
pa Bay region, including the north


part of the county, showed that a
large percentage of wetlands had
been lost. The study was conduct-
ed in 1980 by Robin Lewis, presi-
dent of Mangrove Systems Inc., a
Tampa firm that specializes in
recreating wetlands.
That study showed that 81 per-
cent of seagras lands and 44 per-
cent of the mangroves and salt
marshes were lost between 1940
and 1980, said Barbara Hoffman, a
marine biologist with the state De-
partment of Natural Resources' re-
search laboratory in St. Peters-
burg. She said 11,000 acres of
mangroves and salt marshes were
lost, while 61,965 acres of seagrass
were lost.
"Tampa Bay has really been up-
set as far as marine habitats are
concerned," Hoffman said.
In response to complaints from
environmentalists, DER has at-
tempted to come up with a rule to
govern the application of mitiga-
tion to fill permit cases, said Su-
zanne Walker, chief of the DER's
bureau of permitting.
Under the proposal, developers
would have to create two acres of
artificial wetlands for every acre
they fill in, to allow sufficient time
for the new wetlands to begin to
function, Walker said.
Developers also would have to
assume financial responsibility for
mitigation projects that cost over
$20,000, Walker said. They would
have to post bonds or some other
means of assuring that they build
artificial wetlands, she said.
But environmentalists say the
proposed rule won't prevent
enough developers from filling in
more wetlands.
"What they (DER officials) are
really trying to do is accommodate
the developers, while maintaining
the environmental stance," Rains
said.
But adoption of the rule would
not be an open invitation for devel-
opers to fill in wetlands, Walker
said. That rule would simply give
DER some criteria to use when it
considers mitigation as part of a
fill permit application, she said.
A draft of the mitigation rule
should be finished by the end of
the month, Walker said.




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