Environmental Permitting, Planning & Resource Assessments in the State of New Hampshire

The term "wetlands" is a rather narrow component into a much broader category; "The Waters of the United States" - which are subject to regulatory jurisdiction under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act.
Jurisdictional impacts to "wetlands" are administered by the Army Corp of Engineers through the NH General Permit and through the State of NH, Department of Environmental Services.

Wetland Assessments & Delineations

When most hears the term "wetland" one first think's of the common beaver pond. In fact, The US Fish & Wildlife Service developed a hierarchical Classification System: Wetlands & Deepwater Habitats, which have been classified into Five main systems; Marine, Estuarine, Riverine, Lacustrine & Palustrine.

New Hampshire's Marine & Estuarine systems can be found along our sea coast and inland bays, leaving Riverine, Lacustrine & Palustrine systems found just about anywhere else in the state.

Wetland's can come in different shapes and sizes, provide a number of functions & values, improve water quality, and serve as wildlife corridor's. Determining which resources are located on your property, identification of species utilization and detailed resource assessments will allow Turning Point Land Surveyors to provide you with the best knowledge to meet your project goals, maintain State, Federal and Local compliance while avoiding and or minimizing unavoidable resource impacts.

Vernal Pool Assessments & Determinations:

Vernal pools have become an increasingly "hot" topic in New Hampshire over the past 15 years, and are required to be identified on all lands prior to site development being approved. Pool assessments include the identification of species utilization of the pool, those species known to require the presence of a Vernal Pool to carry out essential life sustaining activities and the presence and availability of Critical Terrestrial Habitat. Species may be found utilizing a spring pool, but studies are showing that if the adjacent upland area does not support Critical Terrestrial Habitat species populations and diversity will decline over time, if not become eliminated completely.

Photo Credit: NH Fish & Game, Non-Game & Wildlife Program


Permitting is an essential part of any project.Permits must be in place prior to the start of your project. Failure to file a permit can lead to noncompliance by regulators, restoration efforts, fines, and even lengthy legal cases.

Common State Permit Application(s) Include:

NHDES Wetland Bureau
NHDES Shoreland Program
NHDES Alterations of Terrain
NHDES Subsurface Systems Bureau

Federal Permit:

Army Corps of Engineers, NH General Permit

Complete Environmental Services

  • Wetland Delineations
  • Resource Function & Value Assessments
  • Vernal Pool Assessment & Survey
  • Wetland & Shoreland Restoration Plans
  • Compliance Monitoring
  • Compensatory Mitigation
  • Wetland Dredge & Fill Permit Applications
  • Shoreland Permit Applications
Contact Bryan L. Bailey Associates, Inc. to ensure smooth sailing for your project's development.