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Protecting Northern Michigan's ​Water Resources

Wetland Determination

We perform wetland determinations to assess if a site includes the hydrology, soils, and vegetation associated with wetlands.

Wetland determination is the identification of an area as a wetland or not. This determination usually focuses on hydrology, which can be influenced by precipitation, topography, soil permeability, and plant cover. The technical wetland hydrology criteria looks at the distance to the water table based on soil drainage and permeability characteristics. A determination does not establish a wetland’s legal boundary.