Get Involved Early
To be effective, wetlands advocates need to know what wetlands disturbing activities are being planned and what to do about them.
Know where the wetlands are in your community
These websites offer online maps of wetlands:
- Fish and Wildlife Service's wetlands mapper
- Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's Coastal GEMS
- Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences
Call your locality's planning or environmental department
Use your phone book and the internet to find your local department of planning. In most localities, the environmental staff will be within the planning department.
Watch for land use changes
Rezoning notices can be found in classified sections of your local newspaper.
Look out for wetlands disturbing activities in your neighborhood
Read “public notices” and “legal announcements” of local and state agencies in your daily paper.
Watch the website of the Corps of Engineers District Office to learn about plans that would harm wetlands in your area. NOTE: you will probably have only two to four weeks to submit your comment on the application.