Natural Resources Conservation Services
Wetlands across the United States are inhabited by a variety of beautiful plants and wildlife, many of which are threatened and endangered. Payne Environmental Services is committed to helping in the preservation of this vital part of our ecosystem.
Wetlands such as marshes and swamps are often obvious, but some wetlands are not so easily recognizable. Many wetlands are often dry during part of the year or simply do not "look wet." Certain activities requiring wetland permits include, but are not limited to, placement of fill materials, ditching activities when the material is sidecast, mechanized land clearing, land leveling, most road construction, and dam construction.
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency jointly define Wetlands as follows:
"Those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas."