Wetland programs are administered at local, state and federal levels. State wetland programs fall into several categories: 1) regulatory, 2) restoration, 3) water quality (or Pollution Control), 4) monitoring/assessment, 5) wetland mapping, 6) wildlife/fisheries and sometimes 7) Coastal Zone Management. Additionally, there is sometimes a mitigation component to a state wetland program. At the Federal level, wetland programs mostly fall under the Clean Water Act. Federal agencies involved with wetland programs include the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Section 404 dredge and fill permitting) and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Local wetland programs are run by a number of local governments, including conservation commissions, land trusts, local water districts, water quality and pollution control organizations, counties and other interest groups.
Below you will find links to specific wetland program topic areas:
- EPA Core Elements Framework