2006 Important Year for Wetlands Beach Dooming

2006 Important Year for Wetlands Beach Dooming

After the low water years of 2000 and 2001 a group of property owners upset about the presence of emerging coastal wetlands convinced the Michigan legislature to pass “beach grooming” amendments. Unfortunately, these amendments amounted to the first substantial weakening of the Michigan Wetland Protection Act in its over 25 year history.The one silver lining in that dark cloud was a “sunset provision”that called for the amendments to only be in effect until December 31, 2006. The same property rights group that pushed for the original amendments will likely be pushing to remove the sunset provision, and it will be critical for grassroots advocates to remind legislators of the importance of protecting our coastal wetlands. Stay tuned to this column throughout 2006 for more.

 

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