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Wetlands Permit Streamlining Task Force

The Wetlands Program has undergone several program evaluations including a high-level executive branch committee, the KPMG program audit and a stakeholder review. DEM has modified the program as a result of this process. The Wetlands Task Force has been created to continue this self-evaluation process.

DEM has developed a draft report that continues to accelerate this program evaluation. It is meant to stimulate discussion of specific administrative, policy and regulatory and statutory changes that are needed to streamline program operations, increase customer satisfaction and meet the mandates of the law.

DEM has created a task force that has representation from the regulated, environmental consultant, legal and environmental communities; municipalities, affected state and federal agencies and the legislative branch. This task force will review the draft report and will develop other recommendations to improve program performance.

The task force has also identified other issues that need to be resolved. The working groups noted below have been created to recommend solutions to identified issues. Information and recommendations developed by the Task Force and working groups will be used to generate a final report for program changes.

Many of the below documents are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. To download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software, click here.

Final Wetland Report


Working Groups

Meeting Schedule

Application Processing

Field Enforcement/
Complaint Resolution

Task Force Roster

Beneficial Projects & Exemptions

Inclusive Meetings/
DEM Problem-solving

1/20/2000 Minutes
2/3/2000 Minutes
3/2/2000 Minutes
4/6/2000 Minutes
5/4/2000 Minutes
1/31/2002 Minutes

Certification of Wetlands Biologists' Work Product

Outreach/Public Education

CRMC/DEM/FEMA Consistency

Statutory Changes


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rev. 7/15/11