The purpose of the Wetland Conservation Act is to:
It is required that persons proposing to impact a wetland first, attempt to avoid the impact; second, attempt to minimize the impact; and finally, replace any impacted area with another wetland of at least equal function and value. Wetlands must not be impacted unless replaced by restoring or creating wetland acres of at least equal public value.
The Wetland Conservation Act is administered by local government units with oversight provided by the Board of Water and Soil Resources. East Polk SWCD is the LGU for East Polk County. Enforcement of the act is provided by Department of Natural Resources. The Wetland Conservation Act became effective on January 1, 1992.
If you are planning any projects that might affect any type of wet area, we encourage you to stop by our office for a determination. We can inform you if your project is under the jurisdiction of the Wetland Conservation Act.
For more information on WCA or to print and application visit the BWSR website.
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