National Wetlands Coalition
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,, 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". Time Magazine called it "a big-biz coalition against wetlands".
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.
- Audubon Nature Institute (based in New Orleans in the US)
- Hebert, James, The San Diego Union-Tribune, July 1, 2003, p. E-1, "False Fronts: Consider the source -- if you can identify it"
- National Wetlands Coalition home page, January, 2000 via archive.org, accessed March 22, 2007
- John Snow, "Lost In Cyberspace", Time Magazine, April 26, 1999
- Mark Dowie, "Greens outgunned", Earth Island Journal, Spring 1995
- Official National Wetlands Coalition website (no longer functioning)