The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency jointly define wetlands as:
“Those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater at a frequency or duration sufficient to support and, under normal circumstances, do support a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers searches for presence of the following as their criteria for delineating a wetland site:
All three criteria must be met for a site to be determined a wetland.