Title: Is Florida Really Saving Swamps?
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Title: Is Florida Really Saving Swamps?
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Publisher: U.S. Water News
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: U.S. Water News Article September, 1987
General Note: Box 7, Folder 3 ( Vail Conference 1988 - 1988 ), Item 30
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00000859
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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Page ieWSeptember, 1987


I Officials, conservationists disagree

Is Florida real;
think a wetland is just another
swamp, then consider the terminol-
ogy, "mitigated marsh." These are
just a few of the terms being tossed
around as Floridans try to determine
the effectiveness of the state's
wetlands restoration program.
.On the ope hand, officials of the
Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Regulation. claim that marsh
acreage is being created through the
process of mitigatio four times
faster than it is being drained. For
the record, mitigation is defined as a
process in which industry replaces
wetlands it destroys by building re-
placement swamis. In argument to
the state's claims, some conserva-
tionists have countered by saying
the numbers are jst too good to be
The state environmental depart-
ment recently released figures show-
ing that from October 1985 to a year
later in 1986, some 8,503 acres of
wetlands were created in the state,
while 893 acres of swamp were de-
stroyed by development. The depart-
ment's report was required by the

y saving swamps?
Henderson Act, passed by Florida
lawmakers in 1984, which calls for
restoration of the state's wetlands.

According to Charles Lee, vice
president of the Florida Audubon So-
ciety, state officials "padded the
numbers" of the report on restora-
tion of wetlands. Lee claims that
most oF the "created" wetland
acreage listed in the report resulted
from two large wetland projects un-
related to mitigation permit proce-
dures. When the two projects are
subtracted from the created
wetlands category, he said, it turns
out that 383 acres of wetlands were
created while 893 acres were de-
"Everyone is hung up on this word
mitigation," was the reaction of
Mark Latch, permitting chief for the
environmental department. Latch
said the report should be considered
as a simple measure of gains and
losses of wetlands from year to year.
"The legislature said track how the
Henderson Act is working," he
stated. "This shows that the Hender-
son Act is working."




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