Maryland Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Nontidal wetlands regulations: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) to

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Nontidal wetland activities: COMAR

Nontidal wetland exemptions: COMAR

Letter of exemption: COMAR and COMAR

Applications: COMAR to

Mitigation: COMAR to

Enforcement: COMAR

Special state concern areas: COMAR to

Tidal wetlands: COMAR to

Application process: COMAR

Exemptions: COMAR

Private wetlands: COMAR

Maintenance dredging: COMAR

Filling tidal wetlands: COMAR

Shoreline stabilization: COMAR to

Construction on nontidal waters and floodplains: COMAR to

Permit Applications: COMAR

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Water Management Administration Wetlands and Waterways Program

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Baltimore District Office Pittsburgh District Office

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Maryland follows the federal wetlands permitting regulations. The state authorizes and prohibits certain activities in private wetlands. Some activities may require permits, while others may require only notification to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) or nothing at all. The state offers a joint federal/state application for the alteration of any floodplain, waterway, and tidal or nontidal wetland in Maryland.

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