Wetlands are usually coastal areas mostly covered by water that support plant and animal species adapted for life in saturated soils. These areas include swamps, marshes and bogs. In addition to providing wildlife habitat, wetlands help control flooding, filter pollutants from water and help absorb the energy of hurricanes coming ashore. Wetlands also provide essential spawning, feeding and nursery areas for three-fourths of the fish caught by our commercial fishing industry. When our Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, there were about 220 million wetland acres. Only about 100 million acres now remain. It is estimated that about 40,000 acres of coastal wetlands are disappearing each year. The coastal wetland areas located in our Atlantic and Gulf States are the most threatened by development and pollution. These fragile ecosystems are frequently damaged by offshore oil drilling operations and pollution deposited by rivers. Increasing land values are also encouraging development in, or near, these wetland areas.
S.741 & H.R.2208 – North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current wetland conservation policy and wish to defeat H.R.2208
I support amending the North American Wetlands Conservation Act to extend through 2017 the authorization of appropriations for allocations to carry out approved wetlands conservation projects and wish to pass S.741 & H.R.2208