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Wed September 23, 2009
Lawmakers plan to keep Michigan wetlands program
LANSING, MI – Michigan would continue to run its own wetlands protection program under terms of a state budget bill that could soon come up for a vote in the state Legislature.
A conference committee made up of House and Senate members approved a version of the natural resources and environmental quality budget Tuesday. It will come up for a vote in the Legislature after the committee approves a new version to correct
the funding source for keeping the program.
The bill would provide $2 million a year for the wetlands program through Michigan's bottle deposit collections.
Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm has proposed turning over wetlands regulation to the federal government to save about $2 million a year.