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Three decades ago, Massachusetts became a darling of the environmental movement for requiring developers to replace virtually every square foot of wetlands they destroyed to build houses, parking lots and shopping malls. The policy was designed to slow the destruction of one of nature’s most underappreciated resources: Swamps, marshes, seasonal ponds and other soggy places. Today, the state’s landscape is pocked with hundreds of examples of that policy’s failure.
Homeowners in flood zones are likely to find it easier to afford rising insurance rates with a new law recently signed by Governor Deval Patrick.