Capstone Title

Methodology Comparison and Evaluation of Proposed Revisions (14 Aug 1991) to the 1989 Federal Manual for Identifying and Delineating Jurisdictional Wetlands

Defense Date

1992

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

M.S. Coastal Zone Management

First Advisor

Bart J. Baca

Second Advisor

Richard E. Dodge

Abstract

Proposed revisions to the Federal Manual for Identifying and Delineating Jurisdictional Wetlands (Federal Interagency Committee for Wetland Delineation, 1989) have created substantial controversy and speculation within the wetland science, management, and regulatory communities concerning resource impacts. The greatest impact would most likely occur within wetland regulatory programs as a result of changes in technical criteria for the establishment of jurisdictional wetland boundaries. The objectives of this study were 1) to compare proposed changes to existing technical criteria for wetland delineation and 2) to implement both the proposed and existing methodologies and compare changes in the resultant wetland boundaries. The study was conducted in an outer coastal plain, palustrine forested wetland.

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