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Judge Enforces Wetlands Protection
What is the definition of a waterway? A waterway is defined as a navigable body of water such as a river, channel, or canal. It is also defined as a navigable body of water; a river, canal, or other body of water serving as a route or way of travel or transport; a conduit though which water flows; or any body of water wide enough and deep enough for boats.

The vague definition often leaves wetlands unprotected, but a Judge in Georgia is requiring a 25 foot buffer zone on most Georgia waterways, including wetlands. Attorney Bill Sapp of the Southern Environmental Law Center says the ruling is a win for anyone who enjoys or drinks from Georgia waters. The buffer zone would help filter storm run-off.

 
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