In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada meets with a landowner and a wetland expert to discuss identifying and building on properties with designated wetland areas.
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Jenn Nawada learns about building in wetland areas. Jenn meets a landowner who plans on developing their property but needs to go through the right channels due to a wetland classification. With the help of a wetland expert, we learn about the process of identifying, marking, and surveying wetlands, as well as the steps to get building approval on these properties.
Where to find it?
Jenn demystifies wetlands for a homeowner by connecting him with a local expert who explains
how wetlands are identified and why they are protected. A soil scientist is the only person with
the professional training who can truly determine if a wetland exists and accurately map its
A soil test is done by using a hand auger to drill down into the soil. The auger drills down 1-3’ depending on how deep hydric soils are and extracts a sample of soil that can be examined.
Permission must be granted from a local conservation commission to do work on property within a certain radius of any wetland.
Expert assistance was provided by Goddard Consulting, LLC [https://goddardconsultingllc.com/]
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