Functions, factors and values considered in the “Effect on Wetlands” review include2

significant natural biological functions, including food chain production, general habitat and nesting, spawning, rearing and resting sites for aquatic or land species;

study of the aquatic environment or as sanctuaries or refuges;

natural drainage characteristics;

sedimentation patterns;

salinity distribution;

flushing characteristics, current patterns, or other environmental characteristics;

shielding other areas from wave action, erosion, or storm damage;

storage areas for storm and flood waters;

ground water discharge areas that maintain minimum baseflows important to aquatic resources;

prime natural recharge areas;

significant water purification functions; and

wetlands which are unique in nature or scarce in quantity to the region or local area.


33 CFR § 320.4 (b)(2) Public Interest Review

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