Advanced Identification of Wetlands and Sensitive Aquatic Sitesby John R. Pomponio, US EPA, Philadelphia, PA, USA,
Patricia C. Weber, US EPA, Philadelphia, PA, USA,
Abstract: Region III EPA has implemented advanced identification studies in various locations of its five state area with the majority of the studies focused within the coastal zone. Two such studies are underway in Chincoteague Island and Cedar Island, Virginia. Another is being initiated in the Inland Bays region of Delaware. The objective of advanced identification is to develop permit decisions on the suitability of wetlands for fill discharges before there are imminent plans to conduct such activities. Completed advanced identification studies publically communicate system-wide wetlands suitability determinations through maps, environmental reports and public notices. This paper describes the case specific details of the Region III advanced identification program and the beneficial experiences of public education, environmental program integration and interagency cooperation.
Subject Headings: Aquatic habitats | Wetlands (fresh water) | Wetlands (coastal) | Environmental issues | Engineering education | Islands | Fills | Environmental Protection Agency | North America | United States | Virginia | Delaware
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