Wetland Delineation and Permitting
In 1991 the Minnesota Legislature approved and signed the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act, one of the most stringent wetland protection laws in the country. In general, the major goals of the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) are to achieve no net loss in the quantity, quality and biological diversity of Minnesota’s existing wetlands, increase the quantity, quality and biological diversity of Minnesota’s wetlands through restoration and enhancement efforts, avoid direct impacts to existing wetlands, and to replace wetland values when wetland impacts cannot be avoided.
CCES understands that there are times when wetlands must be specifically located in the field either for the purpose of development planning, maintenance projects, road improvements, utility projects, mining activities, or for the purposes of wetland banking or restoration projects. If due to some type of project, a wetland impact must occur, a certain permitting procedure must be followed. Determining the wetland boundary is one of the first steps in this process. Wetland boundaries are determined though the completion of a wetland delineation in which a qualified professional evaluates soil types, hydrology and vegetation to determine where the technical edge of the wetland lies. CCES has extensive experience working with wetlands and can provide full wetland delineation and permitting services from start to finish.
Specific wetland services provided by CCES include, wetland delineations; boundary mapping using sub-meter GPS technology; delineation reporting; coordination with local, state and federal agencies (the Technical Evaluation Panel) as needed; mitigation planning; restoration planning; and wetland related permitting.
Some of our recent clients include: the City of Blaine, Tiller Corporation, Prior Lake Aggregates, Inc. (via Sunde Engineering, PLLC.), and US Steel Corporation.
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources/Wetlands
Water and Soil Resources Board/Chapter 8420