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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

UC Merced wetlands permit approved...

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UC Merced Receives Key Federal Permit for Long-Term Development Plans


http://media-newswire.com/release_1090350.html (Media-Newswire.com) - MERCED - The University of California, Merced has been granted a key federal permit it needs to move ahead with future development of its planned 25,000-student campus and associated university community.

(the UC Merced campus is 5 miles north of Merced and just east of Lake Yosemite)

May 1, 2009--The university's permit application was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) under Section 404 of the U.S. Clean Water Act. The permit was required because a portion of the university's campus and northern portion of the adjoining university community involves federally protected wetlands (approximately 85 acres).

The university's permit application was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ( USACE ) under Section 404 of the U.S. Clean Water Act. The permit was required because a portion of the university's campus and northern portion of the adjoining university community involves federally protected wetlands ( approximately 85 acres ). The initial application was filed in 2002 and resubmitted in 2008 after the university modified the proposed footprint for its campus and the adjacent university community.
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http://www.ucmerced.edu/about_ucmerced/

As part of this process, university officials – through a special collaboration with the Packard Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Nature Conservancy and the State of California – have set aside 25,000 acres of grassland habitat for permanent conservation.

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