Everyone involved with wetland mitigation should understand what the protected resource is and where it is located. Often silt fencing is needed to filter and safe keep water within the designated area. Both contractor and property owners are responsible for complying with the Permit by Notification for the creation of wetlands. The Huron Township LDFA has been involved for years in wetland mitigation as well as wetland banks for businesses that need to relocate wetlands on LDFA properties.
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:
Under Michigan’s Wetland Protection Act, a permit is required for the following activities:
Deposit or permit the placing of fill material in a wetland
Drain surface water from a wetland
Dredge, remove, or permit removal of soil or minerals from a wetland
Construct, operate, or maintain any use of development in a wetland