Wetlands are a vital ecological link between the water and the land. The four basic types of wetlands are marshes, bogs, swamps, and fens; these areas are characterized by their heavy water saturation throughout the year and are primarily differentiated by the types of vegetation they support. Wetlands provide habitat to thousands of aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals, including fish, frogs, migratory birds, and waterfowl, as well as serving many beneficial functions like flood storage and water quality protection.
The United States loses more than 50,000 wetlands per year, usually at the hands of commercial and residential developers. Because they are such a unique and important part of our ecology, the current destruction of wetlands could have serious consequences for our environment, and wetland mitigation provides one solution.
Wetland Mitigation is the replacement of lost wetlands through the restoration or creation of other wetlands. In effect, wetland mitigation works to maintain an environmental balance by providing new wetland areas when others have been damaged or destroyed. In many states, mitigation is required by law for anyone seeking a permit to build on or develop existing wetlands.
Our attorneys have worked extensively with wetland mitigation issues. Mr. Brice’s experience working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given him an especially keen understanding of both environmental law and regulatory guidelines in this rapidly and ever-changing area of law.
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