Note: Most states have enacted laws and regulations to protect wetlands. In many cases, these rules are established to define the state's role in the "§404 permit/§401 certification process." This process involves the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and your state environmental agency. To learn more about the wetlands permitting process go to the CICA Wetlands Regulations/Permit page.
How Are Wetlands Activities Regulated by Wyoming? Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Division of Water Quality regulates wetlands under the Wyoming Wetlands Act and the state's water quality standards.
Mitigation Measures. Point or nonpoint sources of pollution shall not cause the destruction, damage, or impairment of naturally occurring wetlands unless they are mitigated through an authorized wetland mitigation process. Mitigation actions can be approved after the DEQ considers the ecological functions and value of the disturbed wetland.
Wetlands. Wetlands are areas with hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils and wetland hydrology.
Regulated Wetland Activities. Persons cannot cause or threaten to allow the discharge of any pollution or wastes into state waters; alter the physical, chemical, radiological, biological, or bacteriological properties of any state waters; construct, install, modify or operate any sewerage system, treatment works, disposal system, or other facility capable of causing of causing or contributing to pollution; increase the quantity and strength of discharge; or construct, install, modify, or operate any public water supply or construct any subdivision water supply. Persons also may not drain water from a naturally occurring or man-made wetland that is five acres or more without first notifying the DEQ.
Exempt Wetland Activities. The DEQ does not have to be notified when wetlands less than five acres are drained or when wetlands are disturbed because of mining operations conducted under a mining permit.
Water Environment Federation. The WEF Web site provides access to a wetlands related technical discussion area, as well as publications and other information on wetlands.
Wetlands Regulation Center. The Wetlands Regulation Center Web site contains information on laws, policies and regulations concerning activities regulated under Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act.
Association of State Wetland Managers. The Association of State Wetland Managers Web site provides information on wetlands news and events, including new regulations/legislation, upcoming conferences and events, publications, and more.
Society of Wetland Scientists. The Society of Wetland Scientists Web site provides access to on-line scientific wetlands journals and a wetlands discussion forum, as well as information on upcoming wetlands conferences and events.
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