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Environmental groups fight move to roll back wetland protections

Bills making their way through the Legislature would make it easier for developers and homeowners to build or expand by relaxing Minnesota's "no net loss" policy toward wetlands. But critics say reducing wetland protections would have implications for wildlife, flooding, and water quality.
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Bills making their way through the Legislature would make it easier for developers and homeowners to build or expand by relaxing Minnesota's "no net loss" policy toward wetlands. But critics say reducing wetland protections would have implications for wildlife, flooding, and water quality.

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