How Federal Mandates to Protect Wetland Resource Value Necessitates a Multi-Agency Approach to Balance that with Other National Economic Goals

by Reed Harris, Utah/Colorado Field Office, Salt Lake, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives


A national controversy focused on wetlands exists because of the complex problem of balancing federal mandated protection of wetland values and needs to pursue national economic growth. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs directed toward salinity control in the Colorado River drainage are detrimentally impacting wetland resource values. Although USDA wetland value replacement programs are addressing the wetland values loss, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is concerned that progress is falling short of the goal of concurrent and in-kind replacement and may never accomplish total replacement. The Service believes that new approaches must be explored and implemented to assure meeting federal goals of no net loss of wetlands.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Wetlands (fresh water) | Economic factors | Water pollution | Environmental issues | Salt water | Agricultural wastes | Agriculture | Colorado River

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