Programs

Wetlands

The mission of the Wetland Program is to provide technical assistance for transportation project development and construction with the goal of an overall benefit to the aquatic ecosystems in Colorado.

Please see below for what's new and upcoming in the CDOT wetland world. Use the Quick Links on the left to navigate to more information.

**New @ CDOT**

Wetland Data Procedure
CDOT developed procedures for collecting wetland data (i.e using GPS to map wetland boundaries). All data for projects that includes wetland delineations must be provided using the following procedures:
Wetland Data Procedure

2017 Reissuance of Nationwide Permits
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a Final Public Notice announcing the reissuance of the section 404 nationwide permits. The permits expired on March 18, 2017, as they were only valid for 5 years, and reissued on March 19, 2017. The Corps reissued all 50 existing nationwide permits, general conditions, and definitions with some modifications, and added two new permits, one new general condition, and five new definitions. Relevant materials for the 2017 nationwide permits can be found below:

Decision Documents for each nationwide permit
Federal Register, Vol. 82 No. 4, January 6, 2017, Issuance and Reissuance of Nationwide Permits; Final Rule
Nationwide permits summary table
Regional Conditions to Nationwide Permits in Colorado 

New nationwide permits:
#53 - Removal of Low-head Dams - "Structures and work in navigable waters of the United States and discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States associated with the removal of low-head dams. For the purposes of this NWP, the term ‘‘low-head dam’’ is defined as a dam built across a stream to pass flows from upstream over all, or nearly all, of the width of the dam crest on a continual and uncontrolled basis." (excerpt from the Federal Register / Vol. 82 No. 4 / January 7, 2017 / page 1997)

#54 - Living Shorelines - "Structures and work in navigable waters of the United States and discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States for the construction and maintenance of living shorelines to stabilize banks and shores in coastal waters, which includes the Great Lakes, along shores with small fetch and gentle slopes that are subject to low- to mid-energy waves. A living shoreline has a footprint that is made up mostly of native material." (excerpt from the Federal Register / Vol. 82 No. 4 / January 7, 2017 / page 1998)

 

Updated 2017-08-15

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