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EPA, Corps of Engineers Propose Better Wetlands Protection

Release Date: 03/27/2006
Contact Information: Dale Kemery, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (202) 564-4355 / kemery.dale@epa.gov; David Hewitt, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (202) 761-0289 / david.w.hewitt@hq02.usace.army.mil

(Washington, D.C. - March 27, 2006) Swamps, bogs, fens, marshes and estuaries – in short, wetlands – are as vital to our environment as coral reefs and rain forests. With that in focus, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are proposing a new rule to ensure more effective wetlands restoration and preservation nationwide. The agencies' rule, being published for public comment, proposes improved science and results-oriented standards to increase the quality and effectiveness of wetlands conservation practices under the Clean Water Act

EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Benjamin H. Grumbles and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army George Dunlop will hold a joint teleconference to discuss the beneficial impact of the proposed rule on the nation's wetlands.

What: Teleconference on Wetlands Mitigation

When: Monday, March 27, 1 p.m. EST

Call In: Reporters should begin calling in at 12:45 p.m.

How: Dial-in#: 1-800-811-6040; Conference ID#: 7194862