Conducted in accordance with the Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual and the Washington State Department of Ecology Wetland Rating System. This step is required if it is determined that any regulated wetland areas or associated protective buffer areas are located on the project site and may be affected by a proposed development activity.
The wetland boundary is identified on the ground with fixed points and then a map is developed that shows the relation of the wetland boundary to the wetland. In addition, the wetland is characterized in accordance with the Washington State Department of Ecology “Wetland Rating System.” Once rated the appropriate local Critical Area Ordinance regulations are applied and standard wetland buffer requirements determined.
Ecosystems North West have certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) on staff. We are trained and experienced in wetland delineation and classification in Eastern Washington. Our scientists have completed all available applicable training, including the Wetland Delineation and Field Practicum Certification Program, Wetland Delineation for Eastern Washington, Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System, Using Field Indicators for Hydric Soils, Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs, Reviewing Wetland Mitigation and Monitoring Plans, Army Corps of Engineers Regional General Permit Applications, and other relevant courses.
Before you hire a wetland consultant, make sure they are a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) through the Society of Wetland Scientists by checking here: http://www.wetlandcert.org/search.html
For more information regarding wetlands and their function and value check the following link: Wetlands overview – Washington State Department of Ecology