List Could Spur More Wetlands
With the addition of more than 1,400 plant species to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ database of plant life that it, the Environmental Protection Agency and other entities use for wetlands designations, the number of marginal wetlands that may require Clean Water Act permits could also be on the rise, according to Inside EPA. The Corps says the 1,472 additional plant species increase the National Wetland Plant list by 22 percent.
The Corps last week published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that the additions to the NWPL would be effective June 1. This national list of wetland plants by species and their wetland ratings provides general botanical information about wetland plants and is used extensively by federal and state agencies, the scientific and academic communities, and the private sector in wetland delineations and the planning and monitoring of wetland mitigation and restoration site, according to the Corps.