Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Conserve Wetlands



The Environmental Law Institute’s Wetlands Program provides professionals and the public with timely, balanced information on wetlands law, policy, science, and management in order to prevent wetlands loss and result in a net gain of wetlands across the United States.

  • Education and Outreach to promote the best in wetlands protection.

    • National Wetlands Newsletter: The National Wetlands Newsletter provides key information and analysis to people engaged in protection and management of wetlands, watersheds, floodplains, and coastal resources.

    • National Wetlands Awards: The National Wetlands Awards honor people who have contributed in an extraordinary way, through science, education, land stewardship, land development, or program development, to the conservation of the nation’s wetlands resources.

  • Convening Experts and Stakeholders to develop and identify model approaches:

  • Research and Policy Analysis on cutting edge issues.

    • Compensatory Mitigation Research: ELI is the leading research institution to evaluate compensatory mitigation required to offset adverse impacts to wetlands. ELI has conducted multiple studies of all compensatory mitigation mechanisms, including mitigation banking, in-lieu fee mitigation, and permittee-responsible mitigation, and done foundational work on the magnitude of compensatory mitigation and new approaches to improve its effectiveness.

    • State Wetland Programs: ELI's fifty-state wetland program study was designed to inform and advance state wetland protection by providing information on state program regulatory and non-regulatory tools and activities.

    • Wetlands Research and Policy Analysis: ELI's groundbreaking research on wetlands law and policy continues to examine federal and state protections for aquatic resources, including developments in federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction and tools for local wetlands protection.

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