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What are wetlands and why are they a deal killer?

By Ed Clement

Wetlands can be the silent deal breaker for a self-storage project because typically they are highly regulated at the local level and national level.

Wetland regulations not only want to protect the wetlands from development they also want a buffer for additional protection of wetlands. Wetland buffer can be 0 feet to 300' often around 50 feet +-

Wetland can be defined differently from one state to another and then there is the Army Corps of engineers' definition on the national level.

It is often determined by vegetation, hydrology, and the water table. It takes an expert to determine them on-site.

In layman's terms, a wetland is an area of land that is either covered by water or saturated with water for long periods of time.

The water is often groundwater, seeping up from an aquifer or spring. A wetland’s water can also come from a nearby river or lake. Seawater can also create wetlands, especially in coastal areas that experience strong tides. A wetland is often covered by water for at least part of the year. The depth and duration of this seasonal flooding vary. Wetlands are transition zones. They are neither totally dry land nor totally underwater; they have characteristics of both. The saturation of wetland soil determines the vegetation that surrounds it. Plants that live in wetlands are uniquely adapted to their watery (hydric) soil. Wetland plants are called hydrophytes.

Seasonally dry wetlands or wetlands with slow-moving water can often support trees and other sturdy vegetation. More frequently flooded wetlands have mosses or grasses as their dominant hydrophytes. Wetlands exist in many kinds of climates, on every continent except Antarctica. They vary in size from isolated prairie potholes to huge salt marshes.

They are found along coasts and inland. Some wetlands are flooded woodlands, full of trees. Others are more like flat, watery grasslands. Still others are choked by thick, spongy mosses. Wetlands go by many names, such as swamps, peatlands, sloughs, marshes, muskegs, bogs, fens, potholes, and mires. Most scientists consider swamps, marshes, and bogs to be the three major kinds of wetlands.

The Storage Authority team is excited to guide you on your journey to becoming self-storage owners.

Let's build one for you or convert your existing facility to the Elite Storage Authority brand!

Is it time for you to learn more? I would be happy to have a 15-minute call and review the highlights of how Storage Authority can help make your self-storage goal a reality.

Ed 727-946-0745

Ed Clement is a franchise director at Storage Authority. One of his passions and responsibilities is helping franchisees find land by sharing how to find land both online and offline. Ed has a strong background in real estate, investment banking, and management consulting. He is available at or 727 946 0745 to answer your questions and share the Storage Authority Franchise opportunity.


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