Glenville, WV 304-462-5634 • Shadyside, OH 740-671-9911

Wetlands Delineation & Permitting

Over 35 years of professional service to the Coal, Oil & Gas, Commercial & Infrastructure Projects.

wetlandsWe provide Wetlands Delineation as outlined in 1987 Amy Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual. Our environmental department will review the National Wetlands Inventory Maps, the soil survey, and any available aerial photographs and topographic maps to determine the potential wetland areas.

What are wetlands?

Wetlands are defined as 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.

Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs and other similar areas. Wetlands typically have hydric soils, hydrophobic vegetation and wetland hydrology. Wetlands are an important part of any ecosystem and have many functions and values such as:

  • Commercial Uses
  • Recreational Uses
  • Wildlife Habitats
  • Water Quality Maintenance
  • Erosion
  • Flooding Control

Congress recognized the value of wetlands and created the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1972. The objective of the CWA is to “maintain and restore the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the United States.” Section 404 of the CWA authorizes the Secretary of the Army working with Chief of Engineers to issue permits for the discharge of dredged or fill material into wetlands.

What is wetlands delineation?

Wetland Delineation is a process that determines the boundary between a wetland and a upland. Wetland delineation is performed when a planned activity will involve placing fill material in a potential wetland area. Common activities that involve placing fill include grading and leveling, the construction of malls, housing development, golf courses and roads. Identifying the locations and size of wetlands is necessary to comply with federal and state laws.

The result of a delineator’s efforts is a wetland delineation report, which consists of a map of the wetlands and supporting data sheets, written descriptions and photographs. The delineation report is submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for review and approval.

Section 404 Permitting

  • Nationwide Permit
    A Nationwide Permit (NWP) authorizes a category of activities throughout the nation that have been determined to have minor impacts.
  • Individual Permit
    Individual permits are required for discharges that are not either exempt or covered by a NWP or RGP. The individual permit process involves a full public interest review.

Section 401 Permitting

  • Water Protection General Permits
    Certain activities that are considered to have minimal impacts to human health and the environment may be covered under one of these WVDEP general permit regulations.
  • Water Protection Individual Permits
    Activities that cause significant alteration or degradation of existing wetland acreage or functions. Most times in this situation a Section 404 permit is also required. In this case a joint permit from both West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers is requested.
  • Water Protection Construction Monitoring & Reporting
    The impact areas that are covered under the permits are generally required to have either a monthly or quarterly monitoring report submitted to West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to ensure that only the permitted areas are being impacted.
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