Long regarded as wastelands, wetlands are now recognized as important features in the landscape that provide numerous beneficial services for people and for fish and wildlife. Some of these services, or functions, include protecting and improving water quality, providing fish and wildlife habitats, storing floodwaters, and maintaining surface water flow during dry periods. These beneficial services, considered valuable to societies worldwide, are the result of the inherent and unique natural characteristics of wetlands.
FEDERAL DEFINITION OF A WETLAND:
“Areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions.”
There are approximately 1,600 acres of wetlands on the Oneida Reservation. If you think you may have a wetland on your property, contact the Wetland Program Coordinator, Tony Kuchma at 869-4592. Wetland determinations and wetland delineations can be performed for Tribal members living on the Reservation at no cost.
For more information on wetland soils click on the USDA hydric soils link below:
To use an interactive mapping tool showing where wetlands are likely to be found click on the WI DNR surface water data viewer link below:
For information on wetland permitting click on the Army Corps of Engineers link below:
For additional information on the types of wetlands found in our area and the plants that grow in them, click on the link below: