The purpose of this article is to protect water quality and quantity of wetlands and watercourses within the Township, reduce flood potential and stream bank erosion, provide visual buffers, and provide for biotic diversity and natural areas through the preservation of these resources.
The applicant shall identify, delineate, and provide the limits of any wetlands, lakes, ponds, and permanent and intermittent streams on the site and within 100 feet of the site on the conservation plan, in accordance with § 274-6. In addition, the following information shall be provided to the Township Zoning Officer for confirmation:
A full wetland report conducted by a qualified wetland biologist, or other professional of demonstrated qualifications, shall be submitted to the Township.
Certification from such qualified professional that the methods used correctly reflect currently accepted technical concepts, including identification and analysis of wetland vegetation, hydric soils, and/or hydrologic indicators.
Determination within the wetland report of whether wetlands are present on site and a full delineation, area measurement (in square feet), and a description of any wetlands determined to be present. The study shall be approved by the Township Board of Supervisors on the recommendation of the Township Engineer.
If no wetlands are found on the site, or within 100 feet of the site, a note shall be added to the preliminary and final plans stating that "This site has been examined by (name and address with a statement of submitted qualifications), and no wetlands as defined by the United States Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual, Technical Report Y-87-1, January 1987, were found to exist."
If there is a question as to the accuracy of the wetland delineation report, the Township may hire a qualified consultant to review the delineation and recommend revisions at the applicant's expense or require a jurisdictional determination from the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Wetlands and watercourses shall not be regraded, filled, piped, diverted, built upon, or otherwise altered or disturbed, except where state and federal permits have been obtained.
Any applicant proposing a use, activity, or improvement which would entail the regrading, filling, building upon, or altering of wetlands shall provide the Township with proof that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (Bureau of Dams and Waterway Safety and Bureau of Water Quality Management) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers have been contacted to determine the applicability of state and federal wetland regulations.
Relocated/replaced wetlands, when permitted, shall be at least as large as the original wetlands, of the same composition, within Easttown Township, and close to the original site as possible, all subject to Township approval and additional state and federal approval, as necessary.