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Proposed Wetlands Regulations Worry Some Sussex Co. Residents

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DELAWARE - Some Sussex County Council members are concerned over potential changes for Delaware's wetlands.

A 28-member advisory committee, tasked with making recommendations for conserving and restoring the wetlands, is looking at regulating any potential future development on 4,000 acres of isolated wetlands. DNREC officials say these wetlands are not already regulated by the Core of Engineers, like most of the state's wetlands.

However, some Sussex County Council members feel it could cost tax payers, and cause problems for farmers.

"Farmers are having a tough time," says Vance Philipps, a Sussex County Council member. "If we ask the government to come in and start regulating those little pockets, it's going to disrupt our very fragile ag operation now. I think the government needs to maybe stay out of it right now."

A spokesman for DNREC says the regulations would protect areas typically populated with rare plants and animal species, and may not be suitable for farming in the first place.

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