Part I: Assessing the Functional Quality of Project Wetlands

Alyson EddieAssessing the functional quality of wetlands, determining wetland mitigation using functional assessment methods, and protecting wetland projects during construction are all major areas of importance and concern in the environmental planning arena. The above issues will be examined in detail in a three-part series, beginning with assessment of the functional quality of wetland projects.

Beginning a project in an area with, or near, wetlands can require a number of complicated steps before the project can be completed. If your project—whether restoration, transportation, energy, or development— impacts wetlands, you are likely to have to initiate the process of obtaining a Clean Water Act Section 404 wetland dredge and fill permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). You will find during the permitting process that, while wetland impacts in general should be avoided, avoiding wetlands is not always possible and not all wetland impacts are alike.
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