Save Time, Money on Wisconsin Projects with Assured Wetland Delineators

When you hire an assured delineator to complete a wetland delineation in Wisconsin your project may move along faster and cost less.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the goal of the assured delineation program is to increase efficiency and provide a high level of certainty about wetland boundaries for project planning while saving time in the State review process.

Through this Wisconsin DNR program, cities, counties, developers, industries, private landowners – anyone planning a development in Wisconsin – have the option to complete the wetland delineation and at the same time expedite the regulatory process. 

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Assured wetland delineators can help identify wetland borders, a process tyically done by the DNR. The delineators can help expedite that process and projects moving faster.

How does this work?

First, do you need a wetland delineation? If there are wetlands, or potential wetlands, on or adjacent to your site, the answer is most likely yes. Anyone planning a development in Wisconsin must know the boundaries of nearby wetlands. 

Second, consider your options. Normally, the WDNR needs to field-verify wetland boundaries before project permitting can begin. This process can take three to four weeks and as many as 60 days during busy seasons. 

Another option is to hire a Wisconsin DNR assured wetland delineator who can help you bypass the step of the Wisconsin DNR verifying wetland boundaries. Working with an assured delineator can also save your project money. Wisconsin DNR field concurrence review fees are presently $300 for every 20 acres of project site, with no maximum cost cap. Additionally, the field delineator typically attends this field concurrence review day. Wetland delineations performed by an assured delineator do not require wetland boundary field concurrence review by the Wisconsin DNR, saving the client time and consultant costs.

Most importantly, an assured delineation outlines wetland boundaries with a high level of accuracy. This is key to getting projects moving in a timely fashion. Significant delays in permitting can result if wetland boundaries are inaccurate.

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Any project near wetland areas must first have the wetland's borders identified. Assured wetland delineators can assist in this process.

How is an Assured Wetland Delineator certification earned? 

SEH Scientists Renee Wilde and Erica Pergande have received the hard-to-earn certification, and are two of only a handful of assured delineators in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin DNR Professional Assurance Program has very strict and high standards.

To obtain the certification, applicants must submit six wetland delineation reports from the previous two years' growing seasons. These reports receive technical review by Wisconsin DNR staff who evaluate the applicant’s demonstration of thorough understanding of delineation methods and procedures and the ability to apply these procedures to challenging field circumstances.  

Additionally, applicants must meet education, training and experience requirements: possess a bachelor’s degree in a wetland-related field, complete a 40-hour wetland delineation training course at a minimum, and have at least five years of professional experience. Assured delineators also follow a strict code of ethics and are expected to complete a series of continuing education requirements after receiving the certification.

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Renee Wilde (left) and Erica Pergande (right), are SEH scientists, and WDNR assured wetland delineators helping clients save time and money on their projects.

Wrapping it up

Working with an assured wetland delineator in Wisconsin can help your project save money and move permits faster as it eliminates the need for WDNR field review. SEH is pleased to announce that Renee Wilde and Erica Pergande have obtained this status allowing SEH to better serve your permitting needs.

About the Experts

Renee Wilde

Renee Wilde is a Wisconsin DNR assured delineator and SEH scientist dedicated to helping clients preserve important wetland areas while keeping their projects on track.
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Erica Pergande

Erica Pergande is a Wisconsin DNR assured delineator and SEH scientist committed to helping clients save money and move through the permitting process expeditiously.
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