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Wading Right InDiscovering the Nature of Wetlands$
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Catherine Owen Koning and Sharon M. Ashworth

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226554211

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226554495.001.0001

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Wetland Restoration: Changing Techniques, Changing Goals, Changing Climate

Wetland Restoration: Changing Techniques, Changing Goals, Changing Climate

(p.191) Chapter 8 Wetland Restoration: Changing Techniques, Changing Goals, Changing Climate
Wading Right In

Catherine Owen Koning

Sharon M. Ashworth

Catherine Owen Koning

University of Chicago Press

A professor and a couple of newly minted PhDs in t-shirts and shorts set out to rebuild a saltmarsh in the 1970s. This chapter briefly traces the beginnings of wetland restoration from naturalized landscape design though duck doughnuts to modern mitigation. The successes, failures and accompanying regulation of compensatory mitigation are explained as the authors highlight the difficulties of delineating wetland boundaries and determining the meaning of success. As our knowledge of wetland ecology and functions expands, so too must our ability to compensate for wetland losses. Scientists are just beginning to investigate how to incorporate carbon sequestration into the mitigation equation.

Keywords:   Wetland restoration, Mitigation, Delineation, Carbon sequestration, Hydric soil, Clean Water Act, Section 404, Compensation, Compromise

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