Compensatory stream mitigation refers to the restoration, enhancement, or, for streams of national or state significance because of the resources they support, preservation of streams and their associated floodplains for the purpose of compensating for unavoidable adverse impacts which remain after all appropriate and practicable avoidance and minimization has been achieved. Compensatory stream mitigation may be required for impacts to perennial and intermittent streams and should be designed to restore, enhance, and maintain stream uses that are adversely impacted by authorized activities.

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