Definitions Define "wet lands" "tidal wet lands" "vernal pools"

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Are there any definitions that members can offer on the above mentioned areas? I am in coastal New Hmapshire and up dating the zoning ordinance to define same. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Are there any definitions that members can offer on the above mentioned areas? I am in coastal New Hmapshire and up dating the zoning ordinance to define same. Any help would be appreciated.
I would match your state definitions.
 

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EPA and the Corps of Engineers are in the process of adopting completely new definitions

EPA and the Corps of Engineers are in the process of adopting completely new definitions, so you will have to wait for any level of certainty:

http://www.epa.gov/indian/pdf/wous_guidance_4-2011.pdf

http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm

I've read every word of the new guidance, and it is horrible, totally subjective stuff, where a regulated wetland can be regulated because it overflows in a hundred year storm to a river or stream that everyone agrees is a wetland OR because it does NOT overflow in a hundred year storm and thereby prevents the movement of pollutants.
 

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EPA and the Corps of Engineers are in the process of adopting completely new definitions, so you will have to wait for any level of certainty:

http://www.epa.gov/indian/pdf/wous_guidance_4-2011.pdf

http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm

I've read every word of the new guidance, and it is horrible, totally subjective stuff, where a regulated wetland can be regulated because it overflows in a hundred year storm to a river or stream that everyone agrees is a wetland OR because it does NOT overflow in a hundred year storm and thereby prevents the movement of pollutants.
OP still has a code to write so they can reference pending changes.

Nonetheless, you will see much more of this stuff coming. Happens when you try and ruin a professional corps of experts.
 

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To the OP: Stick with the NH DES guidelines for the best results (see my previous post), or even better, reference them in your local regs. That way, if they change following the Army Corps work, you won't need to update your local regs.
 
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