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Identify
potential wetlands on your property to help understand the ecological value of your property and to help design projects.
Protect
wetlands through land use planning, acquisition and wetland protection laws.
Restore
wetlands to improve wetland health and function and by re-establishing destroyed wetlands.
Mitigate
wetland losses through restoration, enhancement and establishment.

Consult a professional

Reviewing maps and walking over the land to look for water–loving plants and other wetland clues can give one a good idea of whether wetlands are on the property. However, only a professional wetland delineator can verify wetlands and establish their boundaries. All wetlands are protected by law and people are required to avoid building on wetlands, filling them in, or otherwise impacting wetlands.

DNR assured wetland delineators

The DNR offers a program for wetland consultants to have DNR assess their accuracy in determining wetland boundaries. Individuals are assured for purposes of State of Wisconsin permits and state–mandated local programs. Concurrence from DNR is not needed and wetland delineation issues are unlikely to cause delays in state permit decisions for sites at which these individuals are the lead field delineator and report author. This allows for early planning and the permit application process to proceed more quickly.

List of assured wetland delineators and program information.

Other sources of information

You may also wish to consult the Yellow Pages or search the Internet under – environmental and ecological services’ to find a wetland professional.

Tips for hiring a wetland consultant

Consider contacting several consultants to compare their rates and services. In addition to those questions, ask them questions to assess their credentials, the quality of their work, and their past track record in getting permits approved.

Contact information
For more information about this page, contact:
Kara Kikkert
Wetland Identification Coordinator
Last revised: Tuesday June 04 2019