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Frequently Asked Questions
Inland Wetlands and Watercourses

  • What are wetlands, and how do I know if they exist on my property?
  • The Agency has determined that regulated areas exist on my site, what is next?
  • My permit activity is completed. How do I get my performance bond back from the Agency?


  • Q. What are wetlands, and how do I know if they exist on my property?
    A.
    Wetlands in the State of Connecticut are defined as areas consisting of poorly drained, very poorly drained, alluvial, and floodplain soils. These areas as subject to prolonged ponding, often days,weeks, or months beyond the last storm event. While natural undisturbed wetland areas are easily identified, areas such as lawns are not. To determine whether regulated areas exist on your property, you may look to identify vegetation to determine its optimum field conditions. However, it is always safer to have Agency Staff come and inspect your site for a more accurate determination.


    Q. The Agency has determined that regulated areas exist on my site, what is next?
    A.
    Once Agency Staff believes a regulated wetland or watercourse (stream, lake, bog, or intermittent water channel) area exists on site, the owner is required to consult a licensed soils scientist to determine the actual regulated boundary on site. A land surveyor will then locate and plot this boundary on a survey plan. This information must accompany any permit application made to this Agency for proposed activities on site. The Wetland Agency will then make a finding on your activity based on this information. All applicants should be advised that due to the high volume of applications, review periods are currently running from 2-3 months. Therefore, you are advised to plan accordingly.


    Q. My permit activity is completed. How do I get my performance bond back from the Agency?
    A.
    The Agency takes bonds to ensure that the permittee will comply with the conditions associated with any approval. The no-interest bearing bond shall remain in the possession of the Agency until all Special and Standard Conditions have been satisfied and subsequently inspected in the field. Should all conditions be met, Staff will then recommend that the Agency release the moneys withheld. In the event all conditions are not met, Staff will then inform you of the remaining issues and will require that they be performed prior to recommending the release of the bond.


     
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