Protect natural habitats, flood control and water filtration functions of swamps, bogs, fens, fresh water marshes, salt water marshes and other wetlands in the Southeast.
Provide an undisturbed 100-foot buffer for all jurisdictional or non-jurisdictional wetlands on site or on adjacent properties off-site. The buffer should be protected from all land clearing and development activity, and must be permanently protected.
Coastal projects may obtain this credit if they locate on a site that does not contain wetlands. Piedmont and Mountain projects may only achieve this credit if the site contains wetlands and the buffer requirements are achieved.
- Buffers are calculated from the edge of the delineation and must be preserved in both area and vegetation.
- Buffers will be required on both sides of the wetland delineation (when applicable) or to the projects side of the wetland if located across a site boundary.
- Wetland delineation map.
- Grading plans or erosion and sedimentation control plans clearly identifying protection fencing around all wetlands and buffers.
- Inspection by an ECC Technical Advisor.