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Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law

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J. Land Use & Env't L.


This article, penned during the early Clinton Administration, examines the changes in the federal wetlands protection program under section 404 of the Clean Water Act, from the policies of the George H.W. Bush Administration. The changes were a mixed bag in terms of reforms, reversing some Bush deregulatory efforts but promising additional regulatory "flexibility," increased state and local responsibility, and more voluntary efforts to preserve wetlands. The article concludes that the administrative reforms are marginal changes and suggests several congressional amendments to the Clean Water Act.

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