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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wetlands Bureau Rulemaking and Process Improvement Effort
fresh water wetland The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has been engaged in a significant, multi-year initiative to improve the technical review standards as well as the operation and decision-making processes used by the NHDES Wetlands Bureau (referred to as the "Wetlands Program Rule Making and Process Improvement Effort").

Current Status

On February 14, 2020, NHDES is hosting a Public Listening Session on the Certified Application Preparer (CAP) program from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, in NHDES Conference Room 208-C. The goal of this listening session is to hear all comments and suggestions on CAP draft rules, materials and process. NHDES appreciates your input. This meeting is open to all members of the general public.
Please see the following materials for your review:

Effective Monday, December 23, 2019: Emergency rule changes to Wetlands Rules Env-Wt 306.05(a)(1) and Env-Wt 406.03(a), clarify when a wetland delineation is required for shoreline structure projects.

Effective, December 24, 2019: Amendments to the recently-adopted Wetland Rules (Env-Wt 100, 200, 300, 600, and 900, various sections) were approved by JLCAR on December 19. Highlights of the changes include: corrections and clarifications to definitions; Processing Timelines for Routine Roadway Maintenance Registrations; Clarifications on: PBN and EXP submission requirements and review procedures; Wetlands Dredge and Fill application requirements; Emergency Authorization procedures; Water Access Structure requirements; Bank/Shoreline Stabilization requirements; and Residential, Commercial, and Industrial project requirements.

For the Further amendments package: please note a rulemaking hearing was held on December 12, 2019, and NHDES is reviewing public comments.

Initial and Final Proposed Rule Changes
Please check this page often for notices of planned outreach events.

Recently Adopted Rules

Recent Presentations

General Training - 9/26/2019

Coastal Training - 9/26/2019

Project-Specific Training - 10/16/2019

NHDES Wetlands Rules and the Conservation Commission's Role in the Permit Process Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol- 11/2/2019

Best Management Practices (BMP) Manuals

NHDES Wetlands Permit Planning Tool



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