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The Costs of Environmental Progress
The costs of environmental progress

This book began with a brief look at how wetlands went from being considered bogs and swamps to becoming one of the nation's most valuable environmental resources. In responding to changing demands and views of the environmental value of wetlands, government has gone from facilitating their destruction to trying to protect them. The attempt has resulted in a fragmented policy with curious, and potentially environmentally damaging, features. Yet, this very fragmented policy is not without merit—it has dramatically slowed (although not completely reversed) the rate of wetland destruction. Few would dispute that government policy has played a role in this slowdown, but many would add that more could be done, at lower cost, to reverse wetland ...

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