Lisa J. Sparnon M.S., PWS - Professional Wetland Scientist • 106 Rock Court, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 • Phone (570) 686-9999 • Fax (570) 686-9898

 

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  • What is a wetland? As per the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Federal Manual for Identifying and Delineating Jurisdictional Wetlands,
    the official definition of a wetland is: "Those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration
    sufficient to support and under normal conditions do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs and similar areas.

  • What constitutes a wetland? An area is clearly a wetland if it exhibits each
    of the following characteristics:
  1. The presence of hydric soils or soils which exhibit greater than 50%
     hydric characteristics.
  2. The predominance of hydrophytic vegetation.
  3. A hydrologic regime indicating the area is periodically inundated or
     has soils which are saturated for long enough duration during the
     growing season.

  • Who should be concerned about wetlands? Anybody who is planning on developing a parcel of land should have a Wetland Assessment conducted during
    the early planning stages. It is highly recommended that prospective property
    owners should have a wetland evaluation conducted prior to purchase to be aware
    of any wetland encroachment issues that may arise down the road.


    Under the Clean Water Act, current regulations prohibit the filling or degradation of freshwater wetlands without permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and/or the State Environmental agency (i.e. PA Department of Environmental Protection). In addition, some state and/or local agencies may also restrict development within designated buffer areas. If not properly planned, these regulations have the potential of slowing down construction timetables.

    Our office can offer full environmental services for residential and commercial properties regarding all aspects of wetland identification, encroachment permitting and mitigation design.
 

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