Stream + Wetlands Foundation, in conjunction with the Geauga Park District, has organized a field visit to the Pine Brook Wetlands Mitigation Bank on August 4. Jim Bissell, Director of
The Stream + Wetlands Foundation specializes in providing compensatory mitigation for impacts to aquatic resources, in large part through the establishment of mitigation banks, completing permittee responsible mitigation and serving as an in-lieu fee sponsor in order to provide high quality compensatory mitigation by protecting, enhancing, and restoring aquatic resources. Since our inception in 1992 as Ohio Wetlands Foundation, the S+W has successfully completed many stream and wetlands restoration projects. These projects have included 11 mitigation banks totaling nearly 3,000 acres of wetlands; numerous “full delivery” permittee responsible mitigation projects and recently was authorized as an in-lieu fee sponsor in the Huntington and Pittsburgh Corps Districts (2014). Since its inception, the S+W has restored, enhance and protected more than 3,000 acres of wetlands and nearly 110,000 feet of stream. S+W provides:
- Aquatic Resource Mitigation Credits
Mitigation credits are available through our in-lieu fee and mitigation banks in Ohio and North Carolina.
- Permittee-Responsible Aquatic Resource Mitigation Projects
S+W can provide a complete on-site or off-site mitigation solution when a mitigation bank or in-lieu fee program is unavailable or incompatible with the impacted aquatic resource. S+W can assist with every step of the mitigation process from planning to construction to monitoring and long term protection/management.
- Partnerships with Public Entities and Conservation Based Non-Government Organizations (NGO)
Every project completed by S+W has a public or NGO partner. Involvement can exist as a third-party easement holder, long-term land steward, or mitigation bank partner. See our list of partners for examples.
- Endangered Species Habitat Mitigation
The S+W can help entities required to provide mitigation for loss of habitat for endangered or threatened species. Currently, we are seeking approval of a bat habitat mitigation bank in Ohio. If approved, this mitigation bank would provide credits for Indiana and Northern Long-Eared bats.
In conjunction with American Wetlands Month and the 2017 National Wetlands Awards ceremony, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) held a public seminar (and corresponding webinar), “The State of Compensatory Mitigation,”
The listing of the rusty patched bumble bee (RPBB) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) became effective on March 21, 2017. With this ruling, the RPBB became the
On January 6, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reissued more than 50 existing nationwide permits (NWP), necessary for work in streams, wetlands and other waters of the United