Examples of wetland impacts
- Temporary fill in wetland areas
- Soil disturbance
- Damage or removal of native wetland vegetation
Though mitigation requirements are designed to prevent a further decline in wetland acreage across the U.S., some wetland impacts from farming practices are exempted from CWA requirements. Private landowners are exempt from the Section 404 if the discharge of dredge or fill materials into wetlands are part of “normal farming practices”.
Farmers and ranchers cannot access Farm Bill funds if they have:
- Planted agricultural commodities on a wetland converted to upland by drainage, dredging, leveling, or any other means after December 23, 1985
- Converted a wetland for the purpose of agricultural commodity production after November 28, 1990
By 2050, Colorado’s waters will fully support their classified uses, which may include drinking water, agriculture, recreation, aquatic life, and wetlands. Recognizing the inter-relationships between quality and quantity, strategies designed to meet Colorado’s current and future consumptive, recreational, and environmental water needs will incorporate, as a key objective, the protection and restoration of water quality.