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This article discusses the controversy surrounding legislation protecting wetlands, including the proposed revisions to National Wetlands Permit Number 26. Federal, state, and local governments all play a critical role in wetlands regulation. The potential of these different levels of government can be maximized through a coordinated effort, avoiding situations where applicable laws from one level of government run contrary to laws of another level of government, which often results in unnecessary litigation. This article discusses these issues, and also provides examples of intergovernmental wetlands regulation success.

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