Or pristine wetlands, depending on your perspective and whether or not you have to deal with it on a regular basis.
As far as I'm concerned, this developer should be paid to drain the swamp and given a medal for improving the landscape:
Wetlands destruction for development approvedWetlands destruction? Oh, I understand. You mean swamp drainage.
State water board reverses its decision on a Chesterfield road
By Julian Walker, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
A developer will be allowed to destroy some wetlands and streams in Chesterfield County to make way for a road extension to a planned mixed-use development.
The decision came yesterday from the State Water Control Board, which reversed a previous decision.
Area residents and environmental advocates oppose the permit for the project, a roughly 165-acre tract known as The Galleria, because of its potential impact on their homes and area natural resources. (link)
I chuckled when I read the news that the developer will "be allowed" to make improvements to this natural sewer. In fact, he should be given a big kiss by each of the area's residents (who are concerned about the "potential impact" that the development will have on their homes, not having the smarts to know that it will send their property values soaring).
Drain that swamp! Develop that land! Prosper!