Wetlands play an integral role in the surrounding region's ecology; they provide habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife (including many threatened and endangered species), protect and improve water quality, and offer flood protection and erosion control. Federal and state governments have established specific regulations to limit the loss of wetlands throughout the country. Wetland protection is especially important in Michigan as over 40% of the state's original wetlands have been drained or filled, representing millions of acres lost (2014 Status and Trends of Michigan's Wetlands report, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy).
Part 303, Wetlands Protection, of the state of Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) requires that anyone planning to conduct certain activities in regulated wetlands -- such as depositing fill material in a wetland or draining surface water from a wetland -- must first apply for and receive a permit from the state. Some local governments also have restrictions on setback distances from wetlands and limit types of development within these buffer zones.
If a wetland is identified on a project site, it can significantly derail your project timeline. To avoid potential slowdowns, it's important in the early stages of a project to develop an understanding of wetlands on site. Envirologic has experienced biologists on staff that can assist your project team by performing wetland identification and delineation in accordance with the necessary regulatory guidance. When a project requires a wetland permit application, we can also provide that service.
To learn more about our wetland services and the types of site activities that may require a permit, read our recent article "What Happens When Wetlands are Identified on a Project Site?"
Please contact Brad Yocum, Project Scientist/Biologist and staff expert on Wetland Delineation, for further information.
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