Real property developments at or adjacent to desirable water acreage often involve impacts to wetlands. The resulting legal issues are among the most complex and confusing in environmental law. Recently, a federal judge recused himself from a Clean Water Act case on the grounds that he was “perplexed” by the way the law has developed as to what constitutes a navigable water. Depending on the hydrological character of the wetland, proposed impacts may require interface with regulators at all levels of government — federal, state and local.
Quarles & Brady attorneys have substantial experience in all of these arenas and have demonstrated the ability to navigate the ever-changing legal landscape governing permitting of projects impacting wetlands. Our attorneys partner with our clients through every step of the process, beginning with an analysis of whether impacts to wetlands can be minimized or avoided altogether, saving time and money. When impacts are unavoidable, we manage every step of the permitting process, including negotiation with the appropriate government officials. We are experienced with various mitigation strategies, including the purchase of wetlands credits at a wetlands bank or the creation of off-site wetlands when necessary. Our expertise in these matters allows our clients to avoid costly surprises and delays after a project is underway.
Representative Engagements / Experience:
- Negotiation of permits for fill of wetlands.
- Establishment of mitigation strategies for impacts to wetlands.
- Assistance with project planning to avoid wetland impacts when possible.
- Management of environmental consultants.
For more information on how our Environmental Group can help you address potential or actual environment-related legal and business concerns, please contact Arthur A. Vogel Jr. at (414) 277-5545 or
or your local Quarles & Brady attorney.