Avoid Delays, Mitigate Risk by Hiring a Wisconsin DNR Assured Wetland Delineator

February 11, 2015

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ assured wetland delineation program provides property owners and developers with several key benefits:  a high level of accuracy in delineating wetland boundaries for project planning purpose; cost and time savings for the property owner or developer; and enhanced protection of Wisconsin wetland boundaries based on highly accurate wetland delineations.

By hiring an assured wetland delineator, a property owner or developer can save up to 60 days of WDNR review time and $300 per 20 acres in review fees – a significant savings particularly when time is of the essence to get a project through the approval process and/or a large site is involved. These time and cost savings are possible since an assured wetland delineator is not required to obtain WDNR concurrence. Because of the program’s thorough review and rigorous approval process for assured wetland delineators, clients can be confident that their assured wetland delineation provides a high level of accuracy and is completed to WDNR standards. The WDNR’s high standards for assured wetland delineators and the level of effort that is provided reduces the likelihood of delays in state permit decisions. (It is important to note that assured wetland delineations still require the approval of the US Army Corps of Engineers.)

raSmith’s Tina Myers and myself (Theran Stautz) are two of just nine assured wetland delineators in Wisconsin. I have been in the program since 2011. Combined, Tina and I have completed more than 100 assured wetland delineations.

Assured wetland delineators must have or meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in natural sciences or resources
  • Completion of a 40-hour wetland delineation training course
  • > 5 Years of full-time professional experience performing wetland related services
  • Demonstrated proficiency in applying the 1987 COE Manual and Regional Supplements in wetland delineation report preparation
  • Continuing education coursework requirements
  • Submittal of all wetland reports to WDNR for periodic review of a select few
  • Completion of one field review annually

More Information
If you would like more information about raSmith’s ecological services or are in need of wetland delineation services, please contact me in our Madison, Wis. office at (608) 421-5317 or theran.stautz@rasmith.com.

About the Author

Theran Stautz has more than 14 years of wetland and forest resource experience in the Great Lakes and Southeast regions of the United States. He is an Assured Wetland Delineator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. His experience includes wetland determinations, delineations, identification of specific vegetation community boundaries, native habitat restoration, invasive species management and prescribed burn activities.

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