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Policy: Achievements and Challenges

Marc Holmes

in Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration of Tidal Marshes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780520274297
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520954014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520274297.003.0015
Policy: Achievements and Challenges

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It was not until 1965 that a state law was passed to regulate the unrestricted filling of the San Francisco Bay. By then, 92 percent of the bay's wetlands had already been destroyed. The law ushered in a new era of debate over the limits of private-property rights and the nature of public interest in protecting bay resources in an undeveloped condition. After initial US Supreme Court decisions affirming the public's right to restrict development in wetlands, recent decisions equivocate on the topic, raising questions about the future direction of federal wetland regulation, as well as about the future of a large-scale program of wetland restoration currently underway in San Francisco Bay.

Keywords: developmentalist; Riverside Bayview Homes; SWANCC; Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County; Rapanos Decision; San Francisco Bay wetlands; Clean Water Act Section 404; Leslie Salt v. United States; McAteer-Petris Act

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Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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