- District 9
Amends the Interagency Wetland Policy Act of 1989. Sets forth that State agencies shall avoid adverse impacts to unprotected wetlands by requiring the issuance of a license signed by the Director of the Department of Natural Resources and authenticated by the seal thereof. Provides that State agencies shall work to prevent or reduce overall net loss of the State's existing wetland acres or their functional value due to State-licensed activities. Adds the definitions of "unprotected wetland", "protective county program", and "nonprohibited discharge of dredged fill or materials" to the Act. Creates the State Wetland Conservation Fund. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources shall grant a license for certain activities in unprotected wetlands to applicants who pay a fee per acre of wetland to be adversely impacted by such activities. Provides that the fee shall be progressive and based on the quality of the wetland or wetlands to be adversely impacted. Provides that revenues raised from the fees shall be placed in the State Wetland Conservation Fund. Makes a corresponding change in the State Finance Act. Effective immediately.
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Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Emil Jones, III
Filed with Secretary by Sen. Laura Fine
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