Effectiveness of Wetland Regulation in San Diego County, California

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by Teri Fenner, Keller Environmental Associates, San Diego, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93:

Abstract: This study evaluated the cumulative impacts to wetlands permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and California Department of Fish and Game in San Diego County, California between 1985 and 1989. Based on a review of over 300 negotiated permits and agreements, it was possible to quantify the number of acres of wetland habitat allowed to be impacted, by habitat type, as well as the number of acres required as compensatory mitigation. To verify whether required mitigation was being accomplished, 25 revegetation sites were evaluated in the field. Field verification suggested that revegetation is not creating the amount of habitat suggested by the permits alone. Most importantly, the rate of revegetation success varies by habitat type.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (fresh water) | Wetlands (coastal) | Permits | Verification | Field tests | Agreements and treaties | Federal government | Fish management | North America | California | United States | San Diego

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