A Guide to Wetland Delineations (FAQ)

Posted by Ecobot on Jan 17, 2023 3:36:40 PM

What is a wetland delineation?

A wetland delineation is fieldwork that establishes the boundaries between wetlands and uplands on a property. A wetland is an area of land that is covered or saturated with water, either seasonally or permanently. Wetlands serve important ecological functions, affecting water quality and biodiversity, and are therefore regulated by Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. 

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Topics: wetlands, Ecobot, US Army Corps of Engineers, WOTUS, Clean Water Act, EPA, USACE, Esri, NWPL, delineation, section 404, fastest wetland delineation app, wetland delineation app, 404, environmental permitting, preconstruction, wetland delineation

The 2020 NWPL Update is Live in Ecobot

Posted by Jeremy Schewe, PWS on Nov 10, 2021 2:47:03 PM


The USACE's 2020 changes to the National Wetlands Wetlands Plant List (NWPL) is effective as of November 2, 2021 and should be used in wetland delineations after this date. Changes to wetland indicator status ratings for plant species in select regions and the addition of new plant species to the NWPL.

These changes are now live in Ecobot!

Be sure to download the latest version from the App Store.

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Topics: wetlands, species, USACE, technology, science

The Real Impact of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule

Posted by Jeremy Schewe, PWS on Nov 16, 2020 5:58:56 PM

On June 22, 2020, the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWR) went into effect purportedly to clarify the US federal government’s permitting jurisdiction of  what waters are considered “waters of the United States" (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army led the review and revision of the definition of WOTUS consistent with an Executive Order signed on February 28, 2017, titled ‘‘Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.’’

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Topics: wetlands, WOTUS, Clean Water Act, EPA, USACE, Navigable Water Rule

NWPL Update is Live

Posted by Jeremy Schewe, PWS on May 28, 2020 7:13:30 PM


USACE finally implemented the pending 2018 changes to the National Wetlands Wetlands Plant List (NWPL) on May 18, 2020, effective immediately. Below you'll find the eight (8) plant species being added to the NWPL and the four (4) species with at least one regional indicator status change.

These changes are now live in Ecobot!

Be sure to download the latest version from the App Store.

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Topics: wetlands, species, USACE, technology, science

Ecobot Version 2: Map Wetlands Inside of Ecobot

Posted by Lee Lance on May 11, 2020 7:01:27 PM

You can now map and name multiple wetland polygons on the fly, and use the built-in map to navigate between sampling points. Instantly generate Esri ArcGIS-ready points and polygons. With no manual effort, map features collected in the field can now be dropped directly into ArcGIS Pro or into other GIS software that can import Esri shapefile formats.

One year ago, Ecobot was excited to announce our partnership with Esri. Our combined efforts are now baring fruit with enhanced offline mapping functions and ArcGIS integrations available within Ecobot's version 2 release this week.

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Topics: wetlands, USACE, technology, mapping, ArcGIS, Esri