Get your Wetland Permit – Complete your Project.
We’ve talked about how to keep your development project on schedule and under budget by planning for wetlands.
We showed how to delineate wetlands on your property and how to know if you need a permit.
What you do next depends on your project, the size and types of wetlands present, and the extent of impacts to those wetlands. Each case is unique, but we can highlight some of the general options you can use to meet the conditions of your permit and complete your project.
The most important thing is to think about your design plan. What types of impacts will your project have on wetlands? How much? Are they permanent or temporary? If you can’t eliminate them, can you reduce them? Consider how to protect existing wetlands.
Depending on the complexity of your design plan you may need an engineer. Don’t skimp here.
Once you’re comfortable with it you can submit your design plan to the relevant agency. When you working with us, we’ll guide you through the process.
You will also need to consider options for mitigation – the term for offseting any wetland impacts that couldn’t be avoided. Again, this will depend on the specifics of your project, but your mitigation may include:
- Enhance existing wetlands
- Create new wetlands
- Purchase credits at an existing wetland mitigation bank
- Purchase credits through an in-lieu-fee program
As part of the mitigation you may also need to establish a deed restriction or conservation easement. All of this information then goes into your permit application.
What’s the best option for your situation? Orbis can help you pick the best one for you.
So how long does this process take? Again, it depends on your project, but from start to finish, it can easily take several months, to over a year, to receive your permit. So plan ahead.
Obtaining a wetland permit may also require you to coordinate with other federal and state agencies, so be prepared there as well.
This process may seem daunting, but if you consider wetlands during your project planning, work with qualified experts, and thoroughly evaluate your options, you can keep your project on schedule and under budget. This will help you avoid costly delays, regulatory violations, and bad PR.
If you want to talk to an Orbis ecologist, you can contact us at 574-635-1338 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.