Washington State Department of Ecology: Wetlands Program

by William A. Alkire, Washington State Dep of Ecology, Olympia, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The State of Washington Department of Ecology is in its third year of implementation of a comprehensive, multi-faceted program to facilitate informed wetlands management. This program consists of several elements including technical and financial assistance, education and public outreach, regulation and enforcement, along with research. The program has many goals but the one most basic to comprehensive resource management is that of changing the public's perception of wetlands as wastelands in need of development, to one in which wetlands are appreciated and understood as a threatened, valuable natural resources.

Subject Headings: Ecosystems | Wetlands (fresh water) | Public information programs | Wetlands (coastal) | Waste management | Coastal management | Engineering education | Financial management | Washington | United States

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