Implications and Management Options for Wetlands that Fail to Meet "Designated Use" Criteria

By Jon Kusler, Esq. – Association of State Wetland Managers – June 2011

This paper has been prepared to stimulate discussion.  What are the implications and state management options for wetlands that are listed on a state Clean Water Act 303(d) list because they fail to meet “designated use” criteria under the Clean Water Act?  What suggestions may be made to a state for addressing such wetlands? What are the unanswered policy and legal questions?   This paper was prepared for the Maryland Department of the Environment. It has been updated with funding support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To read this paper in PDF, click here.