The Cost of Wetlands for Business

The Wetland Identification Program (WIP), formerly referred to as the Wetland Assessment Program, was established by the DEQ in July 1998 to assist the public in identifying wetland and non-wetland areas on their property. The three levels of wetland identification services and associated fees are as follows:

Level 1 service will provide a DEQ wetland inventory maps in electronic form, or can be requested in paper form at cost, on the DEQ website under Wetland Inventory Maps.  Since these maps are not based upon an on-site review, the DEQ does not provide a jurisdictional guarantee or a map specific to the parcel.

Level 2 service offers an on-site review of an identified area, up to five acres in size, by DEQ staff.  The DEQ staff will identify, with flagging, areas that contain wetland and determine whether the wetland is regulated.  The fee is $500 for the first acre or less, and $250 for each additional acre or fraction of an acre of land to be assessed.

Level 3 service offers an on-site review of an identified area by DEQ staff to verify a wetland delineation (i.e., identification of a specific wetland boundary) completed by a wetland professional and/or consultant.  Upon completion of a Level 3 review, the DEQ provides a letter report and site map that will agree or disagree with the boundaries established by a wetland consultant.  The fee is $500 for the first acre or less, and $50 for each additional acre or fraction of an acre of wetland to be reviewed, and $20 for each additional acre or fraction of an acre of upland (non-wetland) to be reviewed.

Then if a business needs to mitigate their inherited wetland, it could cost in the range of $75,000-100,000 per acre.

The LDFA of Huron Township has built a wetland bank  and often can assist new businesses if they happen to be interested in a prime property that was too wet to build. For more information in Huron Township LDFA properties please contact (734) 753-4466 EXT 115.

 

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