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Wetland delineation professional assurance initiative

To advance Wisconsin’s goals of protecting wetlands and increasing government efficiency, the Department of Natural Resources is piloting a program to review training and delineation reports from professionals who conduct wetland delineation to assure the work is meeting established criteria. The goal of this program is to provide a high level of certainty about wetland boundaries for project planning and save time in state review of wetland boundaries while enhancing protection for Wisconsin’s wetlands through more accurate wetland boundaries overall.

Wetland professionals may submit a request for assurance at any time they feel they can meet the criteria. Assurance is voluntary. It is not a requirement to conduct wetland delineation work, or a requirement of state permitting.

The work of professionals listed as assured is spot-checked annually to ensure that the criteria continue to be met. Professionals whose work is assured are also taking wetland related course work to stay abreast of new scientific information and methods.

Assurance does not change the need for or decisions about wetland fill permits. Assurance can’t guarantee the accuracy or relieve landowner responsibility in the event an error occurs and wetlands are filled. While it is unlikely for professional whose work is assured, inadvertent wetland fill that may result from errors must be remedied.

The assurance system is continually reviewed to determine if the program meets the goals of protecting wetlands, increasing certainty in land development decisions, and increasing government efficiency. The Wisconsin Builders Association–Development Council, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, American Transmission Company and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources helped develop the system and will evaluate it.

When consultant services are needed to locate wetland boundaries, people may want to check the list below to see if they can use an individual whose work is assured, or they can use the education, experience and performance criteria [PDF] to help select a consultant.

Wetland professionals whose delineation work is assured

The wetland delineation work of the following individuals is assured for purposes of State of Wisconsin permits and state-mandated local programs. Concurrence from DNR is not needed and wetland delineation issues are unlikely to cause delays in state permit decisions for sites at which these individuals are the lead field delineator and report author.

Contact name Address Phone
Brian Bates, PSS, PWS, CST
Bates Soil & Water Testing Services, LLC.
N1237 Country Crest Circle
Hortonville, WI 54944
920-470-5313, cell
920-779-0000, office
Ryan Bombeck, PWS
Arcadis U.S., Inc.
126 N. Jefferson St., Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53202
320-296-6546, cell
Tyler Breitenfeldt
Bay Environmental Strategies, Inc.
2920 S. Webster Ave., Suite C
Green Bay, WI 54301
920-347-2234, direct
920-366-0679, cell
Kyle Bretl
GEI Consultants
3159 Voyager Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311
920-455-8638, direct
608-844-4408, cell
Lesley Brotkowski
233403 Stettin Ridge Court
Wausau, WI 54401
262-879-1212, direct
402-238-7789, cell
Stacey Caplan
McMahon Associates, Inc.
1445 McMahon Drive
PO Box 1025
Neenah, WI 54956
Stephen W. Chu, PWS
Arcadis U.S., Inc.
126 North Jefferson Street, Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-277-6228, direct
815-871-7248, cell
James W. Engelhardt, PWS
W10841 Old T Road
Bruce, WI 54819
Chad M Fradette, EP
Evergreen Consultants LLC
2918 Van Hoof Rd.
Green Bay, WI 54313
Mark Gonzalez
54 Park Place, Suite 300
Appleton, WI 54914
612-746-3660, direct
608-408-4119, cell 
James Havel
NES Ecological Services
1250 Centennial Centre Boulevard
Hobart, WI 54155
Aaron Holdt
George & Holdt Soil Consultants
6350 Nero Lane
Sobieski, WI 54171
920-680-0478, cell
920-822-9918, office
Stacy E. Jepson, CST
Cedar Corporation
1695 Bellevue Street
Green Bay, WI 54311
920-491-9081, office
Ann Key, PSS, PWS, CST
Wetlands and Waterways, LLC
5742 Warbonnet Lane
Hazelhurst, WI 54531
Tim King, PWS
Ecosystems, LLC
PO Box 481
Rice Lake, WI 54868
Matt Knickelbine
1165 Scheuring Road
DePere, WI 54115-1001
920-592-8400, direct
920-246-7703, cell
Jeff Kraemer
Heartland Ecological Group, Inc.
506 Springdale Street
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
Benjamin J LaCount, PLS
Evergreen Consultants LLC
2918 Van Hoof Rd
Green Bay, WI 54313
Amanda Larsen
150 N. Patrick Blvd., Suite 180
Brookfield, WI 53045
Chris Loebach
3695 N 126th St, Unit E
Brookfield, WI, 53005
Ron Londré, PWS
150 N. Patrick Blvd., Suite 180
Brookfield, WI 53045
262-901-2139, office
262-229-7687, cell
Mark Love
Bay Environmental Strategies, Inc.
2920 S. Webster Ave, Suite C
Green Bay, WI 54301
920-347-2234, direct
920-227-8524, cell
Sarah Majerus
Miller Engineers & Scientists
5308 South 12th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Dave Meyer
Wetland & Waterway Consulting, LLC
S83 W23915 Artesian Ave
Big Bend, WI 53103
Tina M. Myers, PWS
16745 W. Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
Eric Parker
Heartland Ecological Group
4821 Elm Island Circle
Waterford, WI 53185
Matthew C. Parsons
Applied Ecological Services
17921 W. Smith Road
P.O. Box 256
Brodhead, WI 53520
608-897-8641 ext. 1016, direct
630-204-6723, cell
Erica Pergande, PWS
Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH)
501 Maple Ave
Delafield, WI 53108
414-949-8985, direct
262-853-0005, cell
Kate Remus, PWS
209 Commerce Parkway
PO Box 128
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
608-839-2036, direct
608-807-7325, cell
Kristi Sherfinski, PLA
Helianthus LLC.
247 W. Freshwater Way #210
Milwaukee, WI 53204
414-622-0103, direct
414-588-7339, cell
Theran Stautz
Ruekert & Mielke
4001 Nakoosa Trail, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53718
Travis Stuck, PWS
Davel Engineering and Environmental
1811 Racine Road
Menasha, WI 54952
Scott Taylor
Taylor Conservation, LLC
3856 Schneider Drive
Stoughton, WI 53589
Alice Thompson
Thompson & Associates
1514 Menomonee Avenue
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Renee Wilde, PWS, CFM
Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH)
10 North Bridge Street
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
715-720-6263, direct
715-210-5879, cell


Assurance does not change decisions about wetland fill. Assurance is not a guarantee of accuracy or relief from landowner responsibility in the event an error occurs and wetlands are filled. While it is unlikely for professional whose work is assured, inadvertent wetland fill that may result from errors must be remedied.

How to seek assurance of your work

New candidates

DNR welcomes requests at any time from professionals interested in having their wetland delineation work assured. Professional assurance is given for individuals (rather than firms). Each person interested in professional assurance must submit a resume including education, training and work experience, relevant to wetland delineation, and must include six wetland delineations, for which the individual was the primary field observer and report author, completed within the last 24 months. A Wetland Delineation Review Panel of interagency experts in soil science, plant taxonomy, hydrology and wetland delineation methods will evaluate the applications based on a specific set of parameters. To have your wetland delineation work reviewed for assurance, submit all required materials to the address shown in the materials.

Continuing assurance

Once professionally assured, a wetland delineator must follow instructions in their decision letter to continue their assured status, including sending copies of all delineations and taking continuing education coursework. Wetland delineations randomly selected from among those submitted will be reviewed annually using the wetland delineation review criteria.

Continuing education courses of value might include, but are not limited to: wetland plant taxonomy; advanced plant taxonomy; wetland hydrology; general hydrology; soil morphology, classification, and mapping; hydric soil identification; wetland restoration and creation; wetland delineation/evaluation/classification; applied wetland ecology and management; wetland creation/mitigation; and wetland ecology.

Contact information
For more information on the professional assurance initiative, contact:
Kara Brooks
Wetland Identification Coordinator