On Tuesday, December 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) announced the soon to be released updated definition of “waters of the United
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.
The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers utilize the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definition to determine what waters are jurisdiction of the United States under the Clean Water
The Stream + Wetlands Foundation, based in Lancaster, Ohio, is seeking a full-time, salaried, Wetland and Stream Restoration Project Manager to join our interdisciplinary team to support our efforts to
On August 16, South Carolina Federal District Court Judge David Norton issued an order which reinstated the 2015 rule that updated the definition of the Waters of the United States