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So You Think You Don’t Own Any Wetlands?

By Elizabeth Rich • Dec 24th, 2008 • Category: Environmental Law, Newest Post

Wetlands were once regarded as a nuisance, and were often drained for cropland or dredged for more useable waterways. We have since come to appreciate them as an important tool in flood prevention and water purification, and state and federal agencies have stepped up their efforts to protect them. The challenge, unfortunately, is to draw [...]

Will Adjacent Waterways Complicate Your Next Project?

By Elizabeth Rich • Dec 10th, 2008 • Category: Environmental Law, Newest Post

The lake bordering the edge of your new vacation home or the stream running through your vacant land aren’t just pretty features; they are probably navigable waterways owned in common by the people and available for public use. What began as a practical matter in a country with few developed roads or routes has become [...]