What are watercourses and wetlands?

Watercourses are defined as rivers, streams, brooks, waterways, lakes, ponds, marshes, swamps, bogs and all other bodies of water, natural or artificial, vernal or intermittent, public or private. Wetlands means land which consists of any of the soil types designated as poorly drained, very poorly drained, alluvial and floodplain by the National Cooperative Soils Survey. This may include filled, graded or excavated sites as well as wetlands, which may not be wet year-round. A registered soil scientist is able to delineate wetlands; other environmental professionals can delineate watercourses and bodies of water.