VALUE OF WETLANDS

WETLANDS, MAD RIVER TOWNSHIP

WETLANDS MAPPER

Wetlands and Regulations
by Ed Wilk
Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water 401 Unit

  • The hydrology necessary to support the biological and physical characteristics naturally present in wetlands shall be protected to prevent significant adverse impacts on:
    (1) Water currents, erosion or sedimentation patterns;
    (2) Natural water temperature variations;
    (3) Chemical, nutrient and dissolved oxygen regimes of the wetland;
    (4) The movement of aquatic fauna;
    (5) The pH of the wetland; and
    (6) Water levels or elevations, including those resulting from ground water recharge and discharge.
    OAC3745-1-51(A)
  • Wetlands Impacted without Prior Authorization
    • OAC 3745-1-54(B)(6)- where a wetland has been degraded or destroyed without prior authorization, the wetland will be
    considered a category 3 wetland, unless the applicant demonstrates that a lower category is appropriate
  • “Preservation” means the long-term protection of ecologically important wetlands through the implementation of appropriate legal mechanisms to prevent harm to the wetlands. “Preservation” may include protection of adjacent upland areas as necessary to ensure protection of a wetland. ORC 6111.02 to 6111.029