What's The Big Deal with Wetlands?
In a state that is predominantly a swamp, wetlands can impact a project when you least expect it. For newly developed sites wetlands can harbor all sorts of plants and critters that are protected by the state or the US Government. Now those are some serious regulatory hurdles to overcome.
But All I Want Is A Pool
We hear this all the time, and yes, there is a special wetland permit just for POOLS. but, if your property is located in one of those municipalities that enforce environmental rules you can expect a real fun experience.
My Site Is Already Developed
The most surprising impacts we see today are from sites developed decades ago that are now being redeveloped. Those properties often pre-date the Wetland Protection Rules and present their own unique challenges.
I Know A Guy . . . .
The State monitors land use and environmental impacts via aerial imagery so they know what you are doing. Better yet are those neighbors who call that anonymous 1-800-number to report illegal environmental impacts like dumping, docks, bulkheads, pools, dredging, stream crossings, etc. Those old ways of land development are gone forever.
For regulatory purposes under the Federal Clean Water Act, the term wetlands means:
“those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that 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.”
Think this all sounds complicated and doesn't apply to you? Well think again! New Jersey regulates their wetlands differently from the Federal requirements (its even harder)!
And no matter how smart you think you are, this particular environmental requirement will come back to haunt you if you don't do it right from the start.