Protecting our remaining wetlands is an essential step in holding the line for environmental quality. Identification of sensitive wetland areas must be done on a regional and local basis before development encroaches. Priority sites for protection through land acquisition and stronger regulation can then be effectively determined. Existing regulations at the federal and state level often are not comprehensive enough to adequately protect wetlands, especially nontidal wetlands.
Now is the time to protect our remaining wetland resources. Further wetland destruction or degradation can ruin the fragile Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, and eliminate a way of life that Bay area residents now enjoy.