Partnering with an assured wetland delineator can move your projects along more quickly, eliminate complex permitting steps and save you valuable dollars. Featuring SEH Assured Wetland Delineators Renee Wilde and Erica Pergande, the following explores how and where you can begin.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the goal of the assured wetland 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 and 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.
First, do you need a wetland delineation? If there are wetlands or potential wetlands on or adjacent to your project 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 Wisconsin DNR 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 need for the Wisconsin DNR to verify wetland boundaries. Partnering 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. In addition, 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 you time and consultant costs.
Most importantly, an assured delineation outlines wetland boundaries with a high level of accuracy. This is key to getting your projects moving in a timely fashion. Significant delays in permitting can result if wetland boundaries are inaccurate.
SEH scientists Renee Wilde and Erica Pergande have received the hard-to-earn certification, and are two of only a handful of assured wetland delineators across the entire state of 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.
Further, applicants must meet education, training and experience requirements – that is, possess a bachelor’s degree in a wetland-related field, complete at minimum a 40-hour wetland delineation training course, 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 certification.
Partnering with an assured wetland delineator in Wisconsin can save you valuable dollars during critical projects, as doing so moves permitting processes along faster by eliminating the need for Wisconsin DNR field review. As explored above, assured wetland delineators are also committed to continuously growing their skill sets and earning the trust of their client partners.
At SEH, we are pleased to highlight Renee Wilde and Erica Pergande, each of who have obtained assured wetland delineator status – allowing SEH to better serve your permitting and wetland delineation needs.
Renee Wilde is a Wisconsin DNR assured wetland delineator and SEH scientist dedicated to helping clients preserve important wetland areas while keeping your projects on track.
Erica Pergande is a Wisconsin DNR assured wetland delineator and SEH scientist committed to helping clients save money and move through the permitting process expeditiously.