Wetlands are considered a subset of “waters of the United States” (section 404 of the Clean Water Act) and are jointly defined by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (Federal Register 1982 and 1980) as:
“Those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions.”
As a wetland delineation and permitting certified firm, we are prepared to provide this important service to facilitate the creation of environmentally-sound and sustainable projects. Wetland delineation and recognition of “waters of the United States” are two of the most important steps in land planning and development. Delineation can have a significant impact on an area’s potential for economic development and growth, including such important issues as air and water quality; wildlife management activities; rare plant habitat; land conservation, restoration, and enhancement potential; flood control; and many others. Ensuring the proper investigations and permitting in advance is essential to the success of a project. Even if a piece of property does not appear to have wetlands, it should be investigated for “waters of the United States,” as these waters also require permitting through the Corps of Engineers. Unpermitted alterations of any federally-regulated wetland or “waters of the United States” area can result in expensive, lengthy legal battles, fee penalties, and the delay or rejection of a project.
We believe in value engineering and follow thorough measures to ensure we deliver accurate, complete, and timely data. Our wetlands services allow us to work efficiency by streamlining the environmental compliance process to provide our clients with informed decisions and the ability to meet project goals as efficiently as possible.