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President Bush's support for the preservation of the nation's wetlands ("no net loss") and an increasing number of enforcement actions have brought these once lowly swamps and marshes to the attention of builders at all levels. Given these developments and the increasing scarcity of developable land in many areas, builders are finding it pays to work within the confines of the wetland permitting process. What is a Wetland? Some may ask, "What is so important about a wetland?" The answer is that wetlands serve a number of ecologically important functions. They provide natural food control, crucial wildlife habitat, groundwater collection and recharge, water filtration, and, in many cases, human recreation as well. The ecosystem cannot survive without them. There are a number of