Note: Most states have enacted laws and regulations to protect wetlands. In many cases, these rules are established to define the state's role in the "§404 permit/§401 certification process." This process involves the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and your state environmental agency. To learn more about the wetlands permitting process go to the CICA Wetlands Regulations/Permit page.
How Are Wetlands Activities Regulated by Idaho? Idaho's wetlands are regulated by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) through its water quality certification program that implements §401 of the Clean Water Act. The DEQ must issue a §401 certification before any person who applies for a federal license or permit conducts an activity that may result in a discharge into state waters.
Mitigation Measures. Certification cannot be issued unless the applicant demonstrates the discharge will comply with state water quality standards and the Clean Water Act.
Wetlands. Wetlands are protected as "waters" of the state. "Waters" means "all the accumulations of water, surface and underground, natural and artificial, public or private, or parts thereof which are wholly or partially within, flow through, or border upon" the state.
Regulated Wetland Activities. Discharges into state waters are controlled under the state's water certification program. Applicants proposing to dredge or fill wetlands must accurately describe the area their project will impact.
Wetland Regulatory Background Information
Water Environment Federation. The WEF Web site provides access to a wetlands related technical discussion area, as well as publications and other information on wetlands.
Wetlands Regulation Center. The Wetlands Regulation Center Web site contains information on laws, policies and regulations concerning activities regulated under Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act.
Association of State Wetland Managers. The Association of State Wetland Managers Web site provides information on wetlands news and events, including new regulations/legislation, upcoming conferences and events, publications, and more.
Society of Wetland Scientists. The Society of Wetland Scientists Web site provides access to on-line scientific wetlands journals and a wetlands discussion forum, as well as information on upcoming wetlands conferences and events.
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