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    Has anyone ever had to deal with the Army Corp of Engineers in order to dig a pond?
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    As far as wetlands are concerned.....If your property is zoned as a wetland(by the corps)or could possibly be a wetland you will need a wetland determination from the corps and they will require you to mitigate(PAY) for the amount of wetlands that you will be impacting. Could be extremely pricey. I just learned this the hard way on a piece of Land that I was getting ready to build a home and develop training grounds on. If the property does have identified wetlands on it, then you can try to work around those areas and/or impact as little of it as possible to minimize mitigation fees. It was explained to me by the corps that "impacting wetlands" would be to drain/dry, dig/remove, or cover the soil/area.

    Being that I am in Coastal Louisiana the Corps has a much bigger presence than many areas and they are notorious for coming to poke their head around and see what dump trucks and dozers are up to.
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    Some areas have a "right to farm" and others are designated wetlands. The latter will cause grief. If you have to deal with ACOE its best to find a different location if at all possible. I had a pond project tied up with ACOE for 4 years to try to get a cattle watering pond built in Montana due to potentially affecting a frog species which was identified on the property. Unless you have a good environmental lawyer in your pocket sometimes easier to look at a different option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pfancy Pants View Post
    Some areas have a "right to farm" and others are designated wetlands. The latter will cause grief. If you have to deal with ACOE its best to find a different location if at all possible. I had a pond project tied up with ACOE for 4 years to try to get a cattle watering pond built in Montana due to potentially affecting a frog species which was identified on the property. Unless you have a good environmental lawyer in your pocket sometimes easier to look at a different option.
    Or in the case of Lanse Brown, hire a local with a reputation to do the work for you.
    His issue being the interception of water already righted, which he won in court.
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