Wetland Mitigation


The LDFA commission in Huron Township, Michigan maintains many developments in order to advance new business in their jurisdiction. One action that often needs to be addressed is wetland mitigation. Wetland mitigation is often necessary when a business needs to build on a watershed for various reasons, so wetlands are either created or taken from a wetland bank.

There are many types of wetlands. Most people are familiar with the cattail or lily pad wetland found in areas with standing water, but wetlands can also be grassy meadows, shrubby fields, or mature forests. Many wetland areas have only a high ground water table and standing water may not be visible. Types of wetlands include deciduous swamps, wet meadows, emergent marshes, conifer swamps, wet prairies, shrub-scrub swamps, fens, and bogs.

Once it decided where the wetland will be created and how much land will be used, the crew can begin. There are many phases of construction but basically the first step is to dig the drain. In understandable terms, once the hole is dug meeting all the elevation and leveling requirements, it can be planted. The construction crew installs the reserve with native plants, seedlings and habitat cover to encourage wild life growth along with various techniques to combat invasive species. The wetland permit holder is responsible for maintaining the wetland and making sure it prospers with the conservation easement and passive reservation uses.

The Huron Township LDFA is currently researching the placement of 2.83 acres of wetland for a potential organization that wishes to locate in its district. It also has a wetland bank it can use if needed by potential business.For more wetland information visit
http://www.michigan.gov/wetlands

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