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Integral Wetland Solutions helps land owners and developers maintain compliance with federal, state, and local regulations for surface waters, including wetlands.

You can rely on us for essential professional services, including:

  • Strategic development planning and consulting
  • Wetland determinations
  • Wetland delineation mapping
  • Wetland and stream evaluation
  • Endangered species determination
  • Site plan design assistance
  • Site plan impact mapping
  • USACE Jurisdictional Determinations
  • USACE Nationwide Permit Applications
  • USACE Individual Permit Applications
  • Other permit applications
  • Ohio EPA Water Quality Certifications
  • EPA Individual Permits
  • Mitigation designs and monitoring
  • Cultural resource and historic identification
  • Laboratory soil analysis
  • Tree Survey

What is a Wetland?

The legal definition provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE):

Those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater 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 similar areas.
(33 CFR §328.3(b)).

In layman’s terms:

A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. The primary factor that distinguishes wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the characteristic vegetation of aquatic plants, adapted to the unique hydric soil. Wetlands play many roles in the environment, principally water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability. Wetlands are also considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life.

Integral Wetland Solutions biologists are wetland experts that help you reach your goals.

Most wetlands are not visibly wet with standing water. Nevertheless, the resulting biodiversity on seemingly dry soil holds clues to the wetland’s status that must be understood and interpreted correctly by an experienced biologist, to ensure a safe path through your permitting process.

The United States Congress, through the enactment of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 S.S.C. 1344), has declared wetlands and streams to be important national resources that must be preserved.  Wetlands are areas that are defined by three characteristics, including hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils, and wetland hydrology.  Streams are water channels with a defined bed and bank. Water resources that are not isolated are regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). In Ohio, isolated, non-navigable, intrastate waters are regulated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), Division of Surface Water.

In nearby states such as Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky, such waters are regulated by similar local agencies. In all these areas, early intervention by Integral Wetland Solutions can make a huge difference in the success of any building project.

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