What can be done with seasonally wet areas on my property?

Some seasonally wet portions of residential properties are indeed wetlands; despite the fact they are maintained as lawn or are only wet for a part of the year. As previously explained, wetlands are determined based on soil characteristics. What appears above ground defines the functional significance of a wetland, not its presence or absence.

It is best if these areas are naturally vegetated. This does not necessarily mean the area has to be ugly or unkempt. The IWWA has approved many applications to transform an aesthetically displeasing spot into an attractive, naturally landscaped area. The use of native shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants, e.g., grasses, flowers, can be very appealing, easier to care for, and environmentally friendly. 

Plans to fill or drain wetlands are inconsistent with the intent of the regulations and are rarely approved. The agency staff are available to meet with you on-site to discuss options for improvement, or a wetland scientist, landscape architect, landscape designer, or other professional can be hired to devise a plan for review.

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1. Contact Us
2. What constitutes a watercourse? If a stream dries up periodically, is it still a regulated watercourse?
3. What is a wetland?
4. How do I know if I have wetlands on my property?
5. Why does Connecticut protect wetlands and watercourses?
6. What role does the Greenwich IWWA play in implementing the statute?
7. I want to tend my wetlands and watercourse responsibly. What should I be doing?
8. I’m in the early planning phase of a project. Can someone at the IWWA give me guidance?
9. Is someone from the town able to come to my property to talk about my wetlands?
10. I want to buy a home which has a “Declaration of Wetlands and Watercourses” filed on the land records. What does that mean?
11. What is a “Regulated Activity”?
12. Why is a there a regulated area “buffer” next to wetlands and watercourses?
13. What can be done with seasonally wet areas on my property?
14. Map of Watersheds