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Wetlands Planning - Goals 5 and 17
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To complete Goal 5 and/or Goal 17 wetland planning, a local government must follow specific requirements set by both the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and the Department of State Lands (Department).
In general, DLCD establishes the procedural requirements and the Department has developed the technical methods and standards.
To complete the Goal 5 planning process, a city must develop and adopt a Local Wetlands Inventory, assess the functions and condition of mapped wetlands using the Oregon Freshwater Wetland Assessment Methodology, and follow the Department´s rules for designating "significant wetlands."
Finally, the city develops a local protection program for significant wetlands and incorporates the program into their comprehensive plan. A very similar process is followed for Goal 17.
Caution: wetlands that are not determined to be significant for Goal 5 or Goal 17 purposes are still regulated by the Department through the Removal-Fill Law and may also be regulated by the Corps of Engineers under section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act.

Rules for Determining Locally Significant Wetlands
Statewide Planning Goals
Goal 5 Rules 
Order the Oregon Freshwater Wetland Assessment Methodology manual