Development of regulated wetlands in Michigan is strictly governed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality under the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a result, developing a regulated wetland presents numerous challenges. Those may include expensive mitigation, possible land use restrictions and an inability to develop portions of the property. MET combines an experienced staff of biologists, soil scientists and geologists to provide comprehensive wetland determination and permitting services. Our services include:
MET maintains a comprehensive in-house inventory of federal wetlands maps, state soil surveys and topographical maps. We utilize our resources and experience to provide cost effective, understandable site evaluations.
MET provides permitting services that include permit preparation and submittal. We also correspond with local, state and federal personnel. In many circumstances the destruction of a regulated wetland cannot be avoided. As a result, the developer or property owner will negotiate a compensation, or wetland mitigation, for the impact to the regulated wetland.
The wetland permitting process includes a property review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division. Their primary concern are the threatened and endangered species. A significant portion of wetland permits are affected by both federal and state endangered species acts.