Christopher F. Meindl, Ph.D. Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Joseph W. Dorsey, Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Wetlands provide groundwater recharge, buffer against storm surges, provide nurseries for fish, and many other ecosystem services humans depend on. Wetlands are threatened by encroaching development and other human influences. Protecting wetlands will become an increasingly important priority in the future as people deal with issues such as sea level rise. Wetlands are regulated at the federal, state, and county levels (see Appendix A). This thesis focuses on the wetland regulations of the sixteen counties that comprise the Southwest Florida Water Management District. In this thesis, public policies are compiled and inventoried to allow a general understanding of the methods of protection in each county.
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Parkinson, Dana L., "County Level Wetland Protection in the Southwest Florida Water Management District" (2013). USFSP Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate). 141.