Wetland Mitigation

Environmental Mitigation In Mining: Unique Challenges And Opportunities

By Gregory S. Braker – Mondaq – March 31, 2013

Big mining projects offer big opportunities. Rather than being viewed as a threat to the environment, mining projects (which must occur where the ore is found) offer many options for environmental enhancements. Existing mitigation approaches can miss that chance, even though there is sufficient discretion and flexibility in the applicable law to get good results for the ecosystem, both in terms of watershed and habitat. For full story, click here.

Banking on Change: Rethinking Wetland Mitigation in the State of New York

By T. J. Mascia and Charlotte Brett – Ecosystem Marketplace – March 20, 2013

Wetland Mitigation Banking is one of the great environmental successes of the past forty years. A $3 billion industry, it is credited with restoring and protecting 960,000 acres of wetlands, streams, and associated upland habitat across the United States. The National Research Council and Environmental Law Institute both credit it as the most successful type of compensatory mitigation for wetland and stream impacts, while the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and US Environmental Protection Agency have identified it as the the federally preferred form of compensatory mitigation. For full story, click here.

MN: $5 million available for wetland bank program

The Stillwater Gazette
– March 13, 2013

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is seeking applicants for $5 million in funds available for wetland restoration projects, the agency announced. Through a conservation easement sign-up and a request-for-proposal process, BWSR has funds to restore wetlands and their adjacent uplands. Wetland restorations will generate wetland credits, which will be used to offset wetland impacts resulting from qualifying state road improvement and rehabilitation projects. For full story, click here.

Wetland 'bank' near Long Beach certified to operat

Contacts: Curt Hart and Patricia Graesser – Washington State Department of Ecology – March 18, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and Pacific County have certified the operation of a wetland mitigation bank on 76 acres of privately owned land north of the city of Long Beach in Pacific County. LBMB of Longview, the company that will build and operate the bank, will permanently protect the bank site through a conservation easement. Wetland mitigation banking creates an economic incentive for restoring, creating, enhancing and preserving wetlands. Wetland mitigation banks are an important strategy for engaging the private sector and power of the marketplace to sustain Washington’s remaining wetlands. For full story, click here.

MDT Searching for Wetlands

By Lori Ryan – Roundup Web – February 27, 2013

The Montana Department of Transportation is searching for wetlands that have been drained and/or partially drained that could be restored as mitigation for transportation projects. Former wetlands in the Watershed #12 – Lower Missouri River basin associated with the Big Muddy, Little Muddy, Redwater and Poplar River drainages in Northeastern Montana that could potentially be restored to wetlands are being sought by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT). If you own drained or partially drained wetlands and would be willing to sell or provide a perpetual conservation easement, a representative would like to hear from you by March 8, 2013. For full story, click here.