Presentation on theme: "Freshwater Wetlands in South Carolina. Wetlands Wetlands are delineated by the Corps based on the 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual. Soils, evidence of."— Presentation transcript:
Current Identification Process for Wetlands Corps delineates wetlands and determines which are jurisdictional which are non- jurisdictional. Corps issues a letter to the property owner or agent. OCRM receives a copy of the letter. OCRM notifies agent/applicant by letter stating that they may need OCRM certification to impact any federally non- jurisdictional wetlands.
Review Process 48-39-80(B)(11) Initiated after submittal of an application for any state or federal permit or certification. Reviews are based upon the policies of the Coastal Zone Management program. A public notice is required Mitigation is required. –On-site mitigation is required when possible. –Off-site mitigation is allowed if on-site mitigation is not possible.
Wetlands are managed under the policies of the Coastal Zone Management Program -Resource Policies Chapter III ( >30 separate policies address freshwater wetland impacts) -Wetland Master Planning Policies, Chapter XII - Mitigation Policies Chapter XII
Review Time Frames State permits – 30 days Direct Federal Activities – 45 to 60 days Federal license or permit - 180 days
What don’t we see in Coastal Zone Single family lots not part of a larger common plan of development Individual residential Septic tank permits Ponds that are not mines and less than 1 acre and not within ½ mile
Wetlands Outside the Coastal Zone Outside the 8 coastal counties there is no existing regulatory framework to manage the filling of nonjurisdictional (non-federally regulated) wetlands. DHEC regulates the discharge of fill to jurisdictional wetlands in accordance with Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. Section 401 of the CWA provides states with authority to certify federal permits or licenses for activities that result in discharges to waters of the state including wetlands. South Carolina’s 401 Certification program only gives DHEC the authority to regulate jurisdicational wetlands.