Wetlands are a vital natural resource and an integral part of the ecosystem. Yet they are also fraught with contention. Landowners, developers, ecologists, policymakers, and the courts must all navigate a complex landscape that requires knowledge not only of the relevant science of wetlands, but also of the relevant policies, procedures, and legal precedents. In Wetlands: An Introduction Theda Braddock and Diane Hennessey guide the reader through this complex maze, presenting the most important information in an accessible way.
The book opens with a brand new chapter on wetland jurisdiction and its history in the U.S., before explaining the basic science of wetlands – what they are, how they fit into the complex natural scheme, and the particular function and value of wetlands themselves. Fully updated chapters on wetland classification and the controversial issue of delineation round out the first half of the book. The second half explores the topics of permitting, enforcement, and litigation in detail, offering necessary information and practical guidance for all parties involved in wetlands disputes. This new edition has been extensively revised and updated, and presents the most up-to-date and important information on wetlands and their regulation.
This new edition has been extensively revised and includes:
- A brand new chapter on jurisdiction
- Completely rewritten chapters on wetlands science
- Extensive updates within all chapters
- Updated table of cases
- Updated bibliography
Special features includes:
- Comprehensive and up-to-date table of relevant legal cases
- Extensive bibliography of sources for further reading
- Easy-to-read flowcharts explaining wetland delineation concepts
Table of Cases
Chapter 1. Jurisdiction
Chapter 2. Appearance of Wetlands
Chapter 3. Types of Wetlands
Chapter 4. Wetland Delineation
Chapter 5. Permit Requirements
Chapter 6. Permitting Procedures
Chapter 7. Enforcement Procedures
Chapter 8. Litigation and Defenses
About the Authors
Theda Braddock is an attorney in the state of Washington and is also admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in California, Maryland, and Massachusetts. She is the author of the first two editions of this book and the Washington Environmental Law Handbook, which is the only treatise on Washington environmental law. In addition, she is also the author of the California Environmental Law and Natural Resources Handbook.
Diane Hennessey is a certified wetland scientist with almost 20 years of experience in the Pacific Northwest. She currently serves as a senior wetlands ecologist for the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program at the Washington Department of Ecology. She is also an instructor in the Wetland Science and Management Program at the University of Washington.