The Clinton Wetlands Plan: No Net Gain in Wetlands Protection

40 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2017

Date Written: February 22, 1994


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.

Keywords: Wetlands Protection, Clean Water Act, Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, Intergovernmental Relations

JEL Classification: H23, H77, K23, K32, N52, O44, P14, P28, Q15

Suggested Citation

Blumm, Michael C., The Clinton Wetlands Plan: No Net Gain in Wetlands Protection (February 22, 1994). 9 Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law 203 (1994), Available at SSRN:

Michael C. Blumm (Contact Author)

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