As part of a large coalition of job producers, we have written Governor Brown to express concern about a recent proposal by the State Water Resources Control Board to change the state definition of “wetlands.” The proposed change is pre-emptive of a recently convened federal discussion on wetlands and could have significant impacts on public and private property, transportation and other development projects, throughout the state.
We hope the Governor will consider intervening with the State Water Board and ask that they await the outcome of federal action before creating a new statewide standard that is duplicative or could lead to litigation and delays.
The proposed change not only substantially broadens the lands that could potentially be affected, but – because it would be substantially out of sync with a well-established federal definition of wetlands – it might double the permitting burden for projects, slowing the process of transportation and building projects, including the expenditure of state bond funds. Slowing the expenditure of public and private building funds will have a significant jobs impact on the state.
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