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Maryland’s Two Layer Program for Nontidal Wetlands Protection-First Up, Maryland’s Nontidal Wetlands Protection Act

Ashley Newhall

This week I will be illustrating the two different water permit systems Maryland has employed in order to protect its nontidal wetlands.  Nontidal wetlands are usually known as marshes, swamps, bogs, wet meadows and bottomland forests.  They are more generally defined as inland, freshwater areas usually covered or saturated with water for long periods of time.  Nontidal wetlands provide a vast amount of positive characteristics to animal habitats, filter nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, and provide scenic beauty to Maryland.  In order to maintain these characteristics, Maryland instated two permit programs. 

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