Wetland Identification and Education
Public Information and Education
Watershed Stewardship Course participants learn how to use National Wetlands Inventory maps
The Department provides information on wetland identification, functions, regulations and wetland planning through publications, workshops and presentations to various groups.
Most materials and presentations focus on our core responsibilities, such as permit requirements, how to identify wetlands and how to use wetland maps.
Are There Wetlands On My Property?
A wetland determination and wetland boundary delineation may be needed to determine what areas are subject to state Removal-Fill Law and federal Clean Water Act permit requirements.
Statewide Wetlands Inventory Maps are useful tools for helping determine if wetlands may be present in an area. However, only an on-site analysis by a qualified professional can provide a definitive answer.
The Department conducts wetland determinations for the public upon request, as staffing and other priorities allow. Sometimes, an offsite determination by the Department using available wetland and soil maps and information from the landowner is enough to get the process started.
If the offsite determination reveals that wetlands are probable and there are development plans for the site, you may be referred to private consultants who perform detailed wetland delineation and mapping, and handle the permit application process for you.
All wetland delineation reports should be submitted to the Wetlands Program at the Department for verification and a written jurisdictional determination--a determination of which areas are subject to state permit requirements--before any ground alteration.
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