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By Audrey Caro
The New Era 

Some county wetland designations based on faulty data, federal official says

 

November 15, 2017



The method Linn County planners use to determine the location of wetlands is at odds with recommendations of state and federal agencies, according to a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service official.

A wetland designation affects land use and building permits and can require that a property owner pay for wetlands mitigation.

Mitch Bergeson, a project leader for of the USFWS’s National Wetlands Inventory department, sent an email on Nov. 9 to “clarify some misunderstandings about the USFWS’s National Wetlands Inventory dataset and explain some data modifications that may have caused some conf...



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