Compliance with wetland regulations and EPA’s Clean Water Act may significantly impact the overall feasibility, economics and schedule of a new or existing project and may impact completion of future phases of an existing project. Typically there are three stages involved in wetland regulations and compliance.
Preliminary Wetland Assessments – These are desktop reviews of available online literature and a brief site visit to assess whether a jurisdictional wetland or stream feature may be present onsite. These assessments are most valuable when performed during a feasibility study period or to determine the development potential of a parcel before extensive design occurs.
Wetland Delineations – These are field investigations based on the application of the 1987 US Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual in conjunction with the applicable Regional Supplements. They provide the Waters of the US (including wetlands) boundaries based on best professional judgment. Delineations are generally required by most jurisdictions to determine if impacts to wetlands or streams associated with a proposed development are anticipated.
Jurisdictional Determinations – These involve submitting a request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the State water quality division when applicable, for an onsite meeting to review the wetland delineation and confirm boundary accuracy, typically valid for five years. If desired during this meeting, ECS personnel will address preliminary permitting strategies for Wetland and Stream Permitting.
ECS draws on our many years of experience and knowledge of local, state and federal policies regarding wetland regulations and we have good working relationships with regulatory personnel. Please contact us to speak with one of our wetlands specialists for project-specific questions or guidance.