Drainage creek/ditch damaged. I want to clean it out. DNR wants it to be a wetland. No waterfowl, no fish, no muskrats or beaver live at this elevation Snow covered at least 7 months each year. 117 years owned by my family. Has always been a hayfield or pasture.
If DNR has already labelled it a wetland you would be taking a large risk by draining it. Your best bet would be to challenge the wetland determination. You will need a consultant to support your non-wetland characterization.
I strongly suggest you contact a local ENVIRONMENTAL or REGULATORY attorney that has knowledge about State and Local wetland regulations in your area. If Its been agricultural/pasture land for as long as you say there might be an exception to the wetland regulations that allow you to do what you want.
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