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California Adopts Wetlands Rule to Protect Imperiled Ecosystems

April 2, 2019, 11:08 PM

California has lost 90 percent of its historic wetlands, and a state regulatory board voted April 2 to define those lands for protection while allowing for exemptions for rice farming and other activities.

The Golden State has never had a statewide definition of wetlands, so it was left to local water boards to interpret regulations, creating inconsistency.

The new rules define what a wetland is and whether it is subject to state regulation, plus they standardize how dredge-and-fill activities should be evaluated in such waters.

“It’s critical we established this consistent statewide framework that protects and enhances our most sensitive ...

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