Wetlands are unique environmental resources that are essential in maintaining a sound ecosystem. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are the primary agencies charged with enforcing wetland legislation. These regulatory agencies generally define wetlands as: "Those areas inundated or saturated by surface water or groundwater at a frequency or duration sufficient to support, and under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for line in saturated soil. Those areas generally include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas."
Wetland Areas Within Fayette County
There are several identified wetland areas within Fayette County. The majority is located in the south-central portion of the County and, in particular, Wharton Township. Any wetland area should be preserved to surcharge groundwater sources and provide a special haven for plant and animal life.