National Wetlands Coalition

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

The National Wetlands Coalition, founded in 1989,[1], is a corporate front group that opposed U.S. wetlands policy, saying "the federal government, while seeking to protect wetlands, casts a wide net and imposes burdensome and ineffective regulations on private property that does not function as or provide the ecosystem benefits of high-value wetlands".[2] Time Magazine called it "a big-biz coalition against wetlands".[3]

In 1995, the organization consisted of about 60 municipal associations, utilities and major industrial companies, such as Exxon, Texaco and Kerr-McGee.[4]

The National Wetlands Coalition has been characterized as the quintessential astroturf organization... which is an organization that presents itself as a grassroots organization, but was actually founded by (and is largely funded by) a separate commercial or political organization in order to promote its own agenda, while keeping its relationship to the new organization hidden.

The organization has been relatively inactive since around the late 1990s. [1]. The website was being "reworked" from February 2001 [2] through November 2005 [3]; it went offline in December 2005.[4]

Documents Contained at the Anti-Environmental Archives
Documents written by or referencing this person or organization are contained in the Anti-Environmental Archive, launched by Greenpeace on Earth Day, 2015. The archive contains 3,500 documents, some 27,000 pages, covering 350 organizations and individuals. The current archive includes mainly documents collected in the late 1980s through the early 2000s by The Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research (CLEAR), an organization that tracked the rise of the so called "Wise Use" movement in the 1990s during the Clinton presidency. Access the index to the Anti-Environmental Archives here.

See also


  • Hebert, James, The San Diego Union-Tribune, July 1, 2003, p. E-1, "False Fronts: Consider the source -- if you can identify it"


  2. National Wetlands Coalition home page, January, 2000 via, accessed March 22, 2007
  3. John Snow, "Lost In Cyberspace", Time Magazine, April 26, 1999
  4. Mark Dowie, "Greens outgunned", Earth Island Journal, Spring 1995

External links

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