Stetson Law receives grant to support program protecting the environment

Stetson's Gulfport campus.
Stetson’s Gulfport campus.

Stetson University College of Law has recently received a grant to support its efforts to protect aquatic resources through its Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy.

The Joy McCann Foundation has awarded Stetson Law’s Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy a $150,000 grant for a project to ensure effective long-term protection of aquatic restoration efforts in Florida and across the country. Under the Clean Water Act, developers are required to mitigate damage to aquatic resources, primarily by restoring wetlands and streams. The project will review the legal and financial mechanisms in place for the long-term protection of these restored sites. 

“This will be the first study that compares whether equivalent standards are being applied to all mitigation providers—mitigation banks, in-lieu fee programs, and permittees,” said Professor Royal Gardner, director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy. 

David Urban, managing director of Ecosystem Investment Partners, stated, “I am glad that an entity such as Stetson Law is going to independently review this very important issue of long-term sustainability.”

To learn more about Stetson’s Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, visit