The Corps uses the list to establish one of three parameters needed to identify a wetland: soil, hydrology and vegetation or plants. Importantly, land development and home building activities that occur in places which meet the federal wetland definition are often subject to expensive and time consuming Clean Water Act permitting regulations.
When the Corps first took over administration of the Plant List in 2012, numerous changes were made without the benefit of an open, transparent process. Since that time, NAHB has been working with Corps officials to address member concerns.
These efforts proved successful last Thursday when the Corps committed to publishing all Plant List updates in the Federal Register, and to start using a transparent, predictable process for builders and their consultants to rely on as they conduct wetland delineations.
Publication of the Corps’ most recent Plant List activities is scheduled to occur late summer. Stay tuned for more information on how to provide input on this latest round of Plant List amendments.