Accession Number : ADA336717

Title :   Evaluation of Freshwater Wetland Replacement Projects in Massachusetts

Corporate Author : CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALTHAM MA NEW ENGLAND DIV

PDF Url : ADA336717

Report Date : DEC 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : This study evaluated the status of several completed replacement wetlands. The goals were to: (1) evaluate success of replacement wetlands, (2) determine vegetation growing in replacement areas, and (3) make recommendations for conditioning of wetland projects. One hundred projects of wetland replacement were compiled from a database. 76 of 100 projects have been completed with 94 replacement wetlands present at the 76 project sites. The replacement wetlands must: (1) have 75% cover of indigenous wetland species and (2) have a surface area equal to the area of wetland lost. 57% of the 94 completed areas are successful Of the 31 projects granted Certificates of Compliance (COC), 1 out of 10 existing replacement wetlands were found to be unsuccessful. In three additional projects, replacement wetlands were destroyed. Unsuccessful replacement wetland failed due to inadequate site preparation.

Descriptors :   *FRESH WATER, *WETLANDS, SITES, REPLACEMENT, CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, VEGETATION, MASSACHUSETTS.

Subject Categories : Ecology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE