Wetland Delineation

Wetland Delineation is a process that requires an adequate knowledge of the hydrologic, soil and plant characteristics of wetlands to determine which parts of the landscape are wetlands and how to define their boundaries. In this course our instructors provide thorough training in the protocols covered in the 1987 US Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual and its Regional Supplements. These protocols can be used to identify areas that possess the appropriate combination of wetland hydrology, hydric soils, and wetland plant communities to be considered jurisdictional wetlands.

Days One to Four: A Mix of Classroom Instruction and Field Training

During our four-day course, we will cover all aspects of the wetland delineation process through classroom sessions and hands-on field training. Instructors will describe the different types of wetlands, their varying hydrologic, soil, and plant features, and how to best collect and record the important data that separates wetlands from their surrounding landscapes.

Special emphasis will be given to the field indicators of wetland hydrology, hydric soils, and wetland plant communities detailed in the Midwest, Northcentral and Northeast, and Eastern Mountains and Piedmont Regional Supplements. Delineation instruction will be presented in a format that translates into accurate and comprehensive delineations which will meet the approval of the regulatory agencies including the US Army Corps of Engineers.


Upon completion participants will be equipped and confident in their abilities to delineate wetlands on their own and will be informed on how to access any additional guidance they may need. Participants will receive certification documenting successful course completion.

* This course is certified by the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program.