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Environmental Mitigation In Mining: Unique Challenges And Opportunities
Monday, 01 April 2013 16:12

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.


 
Wetland 'bank' near Long Beach certified to operat
Monday, 18 March 2013 00:00

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.

 
Banking on Change: Rethinking Wetland Mitigation in the State of New York
Monday, 18 March 2013 00:00

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.

 
Is Wetland Mitigation Unconstitutional?
Monday, 04 March 2013 00:00

By Marc Seelinger – Ecosystem marketplace – February 2013

Now I know this may sound a bit extreme, but as I write this the US Supreme Court is considering this as a possible outcome of the most recent wetlands case they have heard. The case I am referring to is Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. The oral arguments were presented to the Court on January 15, 2013. For some reason this one did not make ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox or any other major news venue. Heck, I could not even find it on Drudge. Despite its lack of austerity, it is probably one of the biggest wetlands cases presented to the Court since Rapanos. The question put before the Court is quite simple. "Is the government liable for a taking when it refuses to issue a permit until the landowner has agreed to dedicate personal resources to a public use?" For full story, click here.

 
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