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Last week, President Bush said he is working to "restore, improve and protect at least 3 million wetland acres over the next five years."[1] But according to a new report released today, the Bush administration has actually done the reverse by using a key court ruling to encourage a severe degradation of wetlands throughout the country.

As the Washington Post reports, the Bush administration "has allowed developers to drain thousands of acres of wetlands under a policy adopted last year." The study, which documents the administration policy, was conducted by four nonpartisan environmental watchdog groups and based on documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act. It found that the Bush administration's interpretation of a 2001 Supreme Court decision has ensured that developers are allowed to run roughshod over previous efforts to protect fragile wetlands.[2]

You can read the full report online at

1. "Supporting America's Farmers and Conserving America's Land," The White House, 08/04/04,
2. "Report Says U.S. Is Draining Wetlands," The Washington Post, 08/12/04,
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