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Endorsement of Wetlands Protection and Restoration Goals

Published: December 07, 1999

Wetlands, both tidal and non-tidal, play a critical role in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, a role the Chesapeake Bay Program recognized in the 1987 Chesapeake Bay Agreement, the 1989 Chesapeake Bay Wetlands Policy and Directive 97-2, Wetlands Protection and Restoration Goals. That directive called for the maintenance of existing wetlands and the restoration and preservation of wetland acreage and function in order to sustain habitats for breeding, spawning, nesting and wintering living resources, including those that are vital to the regional economy.

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