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If you have a groundwater well that supplies your drinking water, much of the water that reaches your well comes through the nearby wetland. The wetland is an excellent filter, cleaning out any potential pollution.
Many of our wetland areas provide for open space, as well as create visual and aesthetic diversity in our environment.
Wetlands means land, including submerged land as defined in Section 2.1 (kk) of the Town of Madison Inland Wetland Regulations, which consists of any of the soil types designated as very poorly drained, poorly drained, alluvial and floodplain.
Areas of the Town are mapped that designate Inland Wetland soil types, but there are also many areas that are unmapped due to their small size (under 1 acre).
Second, you might talk with the Inland Wetlands Enforcement Officer about what is "Regulated" by the Inland Wetland Regulations as a "Regulated Activity." A "Regulated Activity" means any operation within or use affecting a wetland or watercourse by obstruction, by construction, by alteration, by removal or deposition of material or by pollution of such wetlands, whether or not they appear on the Official Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Map of the Town of Madison.
Some activities require an Inland Wetland Boundary Clarification to be approved by the Inland Wetland Agency, before you can proceed with obtaining a Regulated Activity Permit.
Some regulated activities can be approved by the Inland Wetlands Enforcement Officer, and others are approved by the Inland Wetlands Agency.
If a septic system is proposed within 100 feet of a wetland boundary, it too requires a Regulated Activity Permit.