This program should be returned to the federal government
and the state wetland law repealed. Extensive federal wetland laws would still
apply in Michigan, but Michigan's wetland regime would now be similar to those
in other states.
Michigan is one of only two states that operate the wetland
permitting on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The state wetland
permitting program is more expansive and difficult to comply with than the
federal program; this is a major obstacle for both landowners and businesses
attempting to develop property and create jobs in the state. In Rapanos v.
United States, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the
federal government has jurisdiction only on wetland directly connected to
waters of the nation. Return of the wetland program would save the state
approximately $2 million in state general fund money currently allocated
to maintaining a state wetland program.
Also see https://www.mackinac.org/10486 and https://www.mackinac.org/9504.