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Wetland Identification Program

Availability of services

Due to the onset of fall and winter, we are not able to provide these services until spring 2015. Please contact Tom Nedland with any questions.

The Wetland Identification Program consists of two services that provide landowners with an evaluation of whether wetland is present on their property. Any person who owns or leases land may request the services offered through the Wetland Identification Program [PDF].

Note: For 2014, the services will be limited to the shaded counties (depicted in red) on the map found on this Web page, with hopes of expanding statewide in 2015.

Wetland identification service

The wetland identification service provides a written evaluation, based upon an on-site inspection, of whether a property contains wetland. Up to 5 acres can be reviewed for a fee of $300 per acre. Requesters will receive a response in 60 days or less.

The wetland identification service cannot be used as a substitute for an official wetland delineation, and will only provide requestors with a presence/absence determination and an approximate wetland boundary location. Because the service will only provide approximate wetland boundary locations it may not be suitable for all projects. Projects that have setback requirements or are located very near a wetland may not be good candidates for the service. For this reason, we recommend anyone interested in using this service contact Wetland Identification Program staff prior to completing any request forms.

» Wetland ID service request form [PDF].

Wetland confirmation service

This service consists of a written statement, based upon an on-site inspection, of whether the DNR agrees with the wetland boundaries delineated by a consultant. A fee of $300 per 20 acres of land reviewed is associated with this service, and requesters will receive a response in 60 days or less.

The goal of this service is to provide landowners and developers certainty that a project’s delineated wetland boundaries are accurate before project plans are finalized. Taking advantage of this service early in the planning phase will prevent unexpected wetland boundary concerns from delaying a project’s approval.

Wetland Identification Program coverage area

Wetland Identification Program coverage area

Wetland Identification Program coverage area

Contact information
For more information on wetland boundary delineation, contact:
Thomas Nedland
Wetland Identification Coordinator
Last Revised: Wednesday December 03 2014