Reduce Your Wetland Footprint
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) offers the Wetland Identification Program (WIP) to review, document and give jurisdictional decisions on any wetlands that may be occurring on your property. Although applications are accepted year-round, winter conditions may prohibit EGLE staff from reviewing wetland areas accurately. Typically, the applications are reviewed during the growing season – May through October. Actual dates will vary year to year based upon weather patterns. A wetland assessment from EGLE will provide you with a letter documenting the approved wetland boundaries, type of wetland, and the regulation status of that wetland (i.e. federal, state or not regulated). The wetland assessment conducted by EGLE is valid for three (3) years from the date of the letter. If you are not quite ready to develop your property but will be in the next 1 to 3 years, consider a wetland assessment for your property now. Again, the confirmed wetland boundaries are valid for 3 years, and wetlands tend to grow over time, not shrink. PEA can help you to reduce your wetland footprint on your property by taking the time now to delineate the wetland boundary and submit for a wetland assessment through EGLE. Contact Theresa Pardington, PWS, for any questions.
For more information, contact:
Theresa Pardington, PLA, PWS, ISA-CA | Senior Landscape Architect | Ecologist