Trustee Election
These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • WETLANDS PROTECTION
  • WETLANDS CONSERVATION
  • WETLANDS MITIGATION BANKING
Winning Issue » WETLANDS MITIGATION BANKING


In response to the continuing loss of our wetlands resource, our government established a “no net loss” (NNL) policy which requires developers to replace wetland areas destroyed by their projects. The Corps of Engineers grants permits to fill wetland areas for applicants who wish to develop them. However, before a project is approved, developers must convince regulators they have done all they could to avoid filling-in or damaging wetland areas. In order to conform to the NNL policy, developers must also submit a plan to either restore former degraded wetland areas or create new ones. To help developers reduce construction delays, mitigation banking was created. Mitigation banking allows credits from the creation of new wetlands in one area to be sold to developers who want to fill-in natural wetlands in other areas. Mitigation banks broker the transaction of these wetland mitigation credits. However, many say these banks have not delivered the results which were required under the “no net loss” policy. Naturalists and environmentalists claim efforts to create new wetlands in unnatural areas usually do not succeed. They say developers sometimes mitigate unrealistic areas merely to sell credits to others intent on destroying natural wetlands. Often, these new areas do not support life or perform the functions of natural wetlands. They say wetlands mitigation allows natural wetlands to be replaced by these newly created but useless areas, and claim mitigation banking exacerbates this problem. Critics say developers who purchase ecologically-worthless credits rather than preserve natural wetland areas violate the No Net Loss policy and are greatly speeding the disappearance of our precious wetlands resource.


Pending Legislation: None




Options


  • I oppose reforming current wetlands mitigation banking policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support sponsoring a bill to terminate the wetlands mitigation banking system, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Robert Wittman (VA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support sponsoring a bill, in accordance with our No Net Loss policy, to prohibit the U.S. Corps of Engineers from granting permits to fill or damage wetland areas until wetland restoration or replacement projects have been shown to provide the functions and benefits of natural wetland areas, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Robert Wittman (VA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support sponsoring a bill to terminate the wetlands mitigation banking system, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Robert Wittman (VA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Robert Wittman (VA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider sponsoring a bill to terminate the wetlands mitigation banking system.

If elected as a trustee, ELI will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for terminating the wetlands mitigation banking system.

The mission of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is to make law work for people, places and the planet. ELI fosters innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic and social progress. It researches and analyzes complex and pressing environmental challenges and promotes and disseminates, through print and electronic media, the best thinking to government officials, environmental and business leaders, academics, members of the environmental bar and journalists. Since 1969, ELI states that it has played a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management –both domestically and abroad. ELI enters its fifth decade as an internationally recognized, non-partisan research and education center working to strengthen environmental protection by improving law and governance worldwide. ELI’s Wetlands Program provides professionals and the public with timely, balanced information on wetlands law, policy, science, and management in order to prevent wetland losses and achieve an overall gain of wetlands across the United States.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
June 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
June 10, 2020