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North Carolina Wetland Assessment Method (NCWAM)

The North Carolina Wetland Assessment Method (NC WAM) is the culmination of a process begun
in 2003 by an interagency team of federal and state agency staff – the N.C. Wetland Functional
Assessment Team (WFAT). The goal of the WFAT was to develop an accurate, consistent, rapid,
observational, and scientifically based field method to determine the level of function of a wetland
relative to reference condition (where appropriate) for each of 16 North Carolina general wetland
types. The WFAT defined “rapid” as taking no more than 15 additional minutes for a trained
observer to evaluate a wetland within an assessment area.
NC WAM was created to be used for project planning, alternatives analysis, compliance and
enforcement, mitigation planning, and tracking functional replacement. The details of how NC WAM
will be used will be developed by the regulatory agencies after appropriate public notice and
comment.

NCWAM Documents available for download:

NCWAM User Manual and Appendices Version 4.1

NCWAM Dichotomous Key v4.1

NCWAM Field Assessment Form v4.1

NCWAM Rating Calculator v4.1 

Rating Calculator Template v4.1

 

DWR does not currently have NC WAM classes planned for 2014. Resource Institute Inc. may offer classes in 2014 if there is enough interest. You can contact them at (336) 750-0522 to have your name placed on a class request list.

Please email Amanda Mueller with DWR or call (919) 707-8780  if you need further assistance.

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