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Wetlands Deskbook, Third Edition

Wetlands Deskbook, Third Edition

Margaret Strand and Lowell Rothschild





Wetlands law operates at the junction of private property rights and natural resource protection. While wetlands provide rich and diverse species habitat, protecting and promoting water quality, the vast majority of U.S. wetlands are on private property. Federal law addresses wetlands protection and development in a complex manner. Those interested in protecting wetlands or developing wetland property must navigate challenging legal waters. The Wetlands Deskbook organizes wetlands law for the novice and points out pitfalls to the experts. This must-have reference book combines insights from one of the nation's premier wetlands experts and provides all the background materials needed. This Third Edition includes updates on the most recent court decisions, agency policies and regulations.

Margaret “Peggy” Strand is a partner at Venable, LLP in Washington, D.C. Ms. Strand has substantial experience advising on the regulatory requirements of federal and state law, including wetlands, natural resources, protected species, climate change, and pollution control. She was Chief of the Environmental Defense Section in the U.S. Justice Department, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, from 1984 to 1991, and served as a Justice Department trial attorney and supervisor since 1976. Ms. Strand is active with the National Academy of Sciences, as she currently chairs the Environmental Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board and has served on the Academy’s Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. She has also participated in various Academy study committees evaluating wetlands and other environmental topics.

She is past chair of the American Bar Association’s Water Quality and Wetlands Committee, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources Law (SEER) and serves on the ALI-ABA Advisory Committee on Environmental Law. She is a regular chair and speaker on wetlands and species protection topics for ALI-ABA and other bar organizations. She has also served on the board of directors of the Environmental Law Institute, the Editorial Board of the Environmental Law Reporter, and the Advisory Board for the National Wetlands Newsletter.

Lowell Rothschild is a partner at Venable, LLP. He represents corporate, institutional, governmental, and quasi-governmental clients on issues regarding compliance with federal, state, and local environmental laws, with an emphasis on wetlands, environmental review, and infrastructure development. Mr. Rothschild’s practice involves civil, administrative, and criminal litigation as well as permitting, counseling, and compliance work. He has been involved in litigation matters in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals.

He has significant policy experience with both the legislative and administrative processes of environmental law, including administrative law experience, and experience with international environmental matters, including trade and environmental policy issues and European Union environmental regulations. He serves as the Liaison to the Chairman of Trade and Environmental Policy Advisory Committee of the U.S. Trade Representative. He is the co-author of “Wetlands: Avoiding the Swamp Monster,” Environmental Aspects of Real Estate and Commercial Transactions, 3d ed. (ABA: 2004); “Wetland Basics in the Twenty-First Century,” Land Use Law and Zoning Digest (Vol. 55 No. 10, October 2003); and “Mobile Source Air Toxics: What’s Known, Not Known, and What to Do About It,” Natural Resources & Environment (Vol. 21, No. 2, Fall 2006).