U.S. General Accounting Office

Survey Results on USDA's Implementation of Food Security Act Compliance Provisions

Wetland Conservation Violations

32. Did your county have any wetland conservation violations in calendar years 1998-2001?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Yes
2. No (Click here to go to question 42.)
3. No response
33. Since January 1, 1997, of the USDA farm program participants who have violated wetland conservation provisions in your county, about what percent lost any benefits?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. 0 to less than 5%
2. 5 to less than 10%
3. 10 to less than 20%
4. 20 to less than 30%
5. 30 to less than 50%
6. 50% or more
7. Don't know
34. Of the wetland violations referred to or received by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in your county, about what portion are granted a good faith exemption by the FSA county committee?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. All or almost all
2. More than half
3. About half
4. Less than half
5. None or almost none
6. Don't know
35. How often are decisions to grant wetland good faith exemptions by the Farm Service Agency county committees in your county properly supported?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Always or almost always
2. Most of the time
3. About half of the time
4. Some of the time
5. Never or almost never
6. No basis to determine
36. In your opinion, what level of technical improvements could be made to the tools, techniques, or procedures to complete certified wetland determinations?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Very great improvement
2. Great improvement
3. Moderate improvement
4. Some improvement
5. Little or no improvement
6. No response
37. To what extent are certified wetland determinations made on a less than whole tract basis?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Very great extent
2. Great extent
3. Moderate extent
4. Some extent
5. Little or no extent
6. No response
38. Consider the geographical area where you provide assistance. Of the tracts that are in violation of wetland conservation provisions, about what percent have not been reported?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. 0 to less than 5%
2. 5 to less than 10%
3. 10 to less than 20%
4. 20 to less than 30%
5. 30 to less than 50%
6. 50% or more
7. No response
39. If you find a converted wetland on lands owned or operated by a USDA program participant, how often do you do the following?
(CHECK ONE FOR EACH PRACTICE)
    Always or almost always Most of the time About half of the time Some of the time Never or almost never No response
39a Notify the person by sending a certified wetland determination, detailing the potential violation
39b Inform the person orally, not in writing, detailing the potential violation
39c Work with the person to restore or obtain a mitigation exemption for the wetland in order to maintain benefits
39d Decide if any other exemption applies to this wetland conversion
   
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