Federal Regulation of the Nation's Wetlands an Analysis of Government Policy,
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT R I
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Federal regulation of the nations wetlands is typified by complex, conflicting national interests. The author analyzes how present policy was arrived at, using Allisons models of government actions. Existing organizational processes explain why responsibility for Section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers. The primary issues since 1975 have been whether federal regulation of wetlands is overregulation, and what the intent of the Congress is. Allisons Bureaucratic Politics model helps explain Congress recent trend to roll back the extent of federal wetlands regulatory authority. Extrapolating present policy shows that the government is unlikely either to retain full federal regulatory authority indefinitely, or to delegate Section 404 responsibility to all the states soon. A feasible outcome, of the consistent with Allisons models, could be a policy of delegating wetlands regulatory authority on a state-by-state basis, subject to federal guidelines.
- Administration and Management
- Government and Political Science
- Civil Engineering