This is the national picture:
Over a four-year span, the United States lost more than 360,000 acres of freshwater and saltwater wetlands to fierce storms, sea-level rise and booming development along the coasts, according to a newly released federal study.And in Wisconsin?
It's not mother nature doing the damage. It's Big Government serving special interests.
Scott Walker had been in office only a few days before be began his assault on state wetlands.
That included the drafting of a wetlands deregulation bill with the active help of builders and developers, then its passage on a GOP-dominated party-line vote, and finally its signing by Walker before a crowd of Realtors.
While the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources gives frac sand mining and large dairy expansion a pass and will likely do the same as an out-of-state coal mining company wants to fast-track the excavation of the country's largest open-pit iron ore mine in the pristine Bad River watershed near Lake Michigan and wild-rice growing wetlands.
Meanwhile, the DNR has a web page on wetlands acreage facts that has not been updated since Aug. 16, 2012.