Well, maybe it's time to hold our breath a bit, and start planning for a leaner and tougher future. Because we seem unable to muster the will to be the exceptional nation that our parents and grandparents bequeathed to us. A year ago this month, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA delivered a set of policy requests to the White House to fill in gaps and loopholes in the protection of our wetlands and water resources. What has happened, as the agricultural commodities boom has transformed America's heartland, drying out wetlands, draining fields, funneling polluted run-off into our major river systems? What has happened, as drought has seared Texas and Oklahoma, lowered the mighty Apalachicola in Florida, as conflicts over water resources in Colorado are featured here at Field & Stream and in every major newspaper in the land? Nothing.