What is a Wetland?

[vc_row fullwidth=”false” attached=”false” padding=”0″ visibility=”” animation=””][vc_column border_color=”” visibility=”” width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Legal Definition of Wetlands” title_align=”separator_align_center” align=”align_center” color=”green” border_width=”4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column border_color=”” visibility=”” width=”1/2″][mk_image src=”http://tfatraining.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/wet-2.jpg” image_width=”428″ image_height=”350″ crop=”false” svg=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”center” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][vc_column border_color=”” visibility=”” width=”1/2″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]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.”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row fullwidth=”false” attached=”false” padding=”0″ visibility=”” animation=””][vc_column border_color=”” visibility=”” width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers searches for presence of the following as their criteria for delineating a wetland site:

  1. Hydrophytic vegetation – plants that have the ability to grow, effectively compete, reproduce, and/or persist in anaerobic soil conditions.
  2. Hydric soils – soils that are saturated, flooded, or ponded long enough during the growing season for anaerobic conditions to develop.
  3. Wetland hydrology – inundation by water sufficient to support hydrophytic vegetation and develop hydric soils.

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