Wetlands Enforcement Team Flier
Wetlands Enforcement Team
Office of Environmental Programs
Environmental Assessment & Innovation Division
EPA Region 3
Definition of Wetlands
The Clean Water Act defines wetlands as:
"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."
EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers share wetlands enforcement authority under the Clean Water Act §404, which regulates the discharge of dredged or fill material into U.S. wetlands and waterways.
In 2008, Region 3 enforcement resulted in 961 acres of restored or compensated wetlands.
EPA Lead Enforcement Areas
- Delaware - all of Sussex County
- Pennsylvania - all of Pike, Potter, Elk, Clearfield and Somerset Counties; parts of Berks, Lehigh and Monroe Counties
- West Virginia - all of Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson and Morgan Counties
Other Team Tasks
- Participate in mitigation banking initiatives.
- Identify jurisdictional boundaries.
- Provide training and assistance.
- Develop and conduct educational outreach.
- Perform functional assessments.
National Wetlands Helpline 800-832-7828