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A Wetland is an area that is wet due to a close relationship to a body of water or groundwater, or a land area that is flooded regularly. Wetlands support vegetation adapted for life in saturated soil conditions.[1] Frequently a centerpiece in Property Rights fights, a long running case, Rapanos v. US reached the US Supreme Court with a victory for landowner John Rapanos in 2006, limiting the Federal Governments reach on non navigable waterways and adjacent wetlands.[2]

Many wetlands are seen as reserves for wildlife by environmentalist liberals who want to stagnate economic growth by preventing development on them.


  1. http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/fringe/glossary.html
  2. Rapanos v. US Wetlands