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On January 29, Vince Messerly, president of the Stream + Wetlands Foundation, will be the guest speaker at the Developers Council meeting for the BIA of Stark County. Messerly’s presentation “Compensatory Mitigation and Waters of the U.S. Regulation” will provide details on compensatory mitigation for impacts to wetlands and streams and details on the new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulations which took effect August 28 and are currently under a nationwide stay). Messerly will also discuss how the local offices of the Army Corp of Engineers will implement the regulations and what homebuilders need to know about the new WOTUS regulations and how current and future projects may affected.

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On Friday, October 9, a federal appeals court halted a high-profile rule defining the scope of the Clean Water Act, marking the latest legal maneuver for the controversial rule. Judges on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio issued an order granting states’ request to stay the Waters of the U.S. rule while the court considers its legality. The order comes in response to challenges by 18 states to the Waters of the U.S. rule from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers and puts the rule on hold pending legal review. The petitioners included: Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin.

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On Aug. 27, a United States District Court for the District of North Dakota issued an order blocking the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule hours before it was due to take effect. Judge Ralph Erickson found that the 13 states suing to block the rule met the conditions necessary for a preliminary injunction. Erickson included that the states would likely be harmed if courts didn’t act.

The decision is a major roadblock for the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, who were planning to begin enforcing the WOTUS rule last week, expanding federal jurisdiction over small waterways like streams and wetlands. Read more here.
Stream + Wetlands will continue to monitor this situation and provide information as it becomes available.

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The Corps of Engineers has informed us that they intend to release a small amount of credits at the Granger Wetland Mitigation bank in early September. The credit release may include forested and non-forested wetland credits. For more information, please contact us soon as we anticipate that there will be a strong demand for these credits.

 

 

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We are pleased to announce that on July 8, the Pittsburgh Corps District  approved the Final Instrument for our stream mitigation in-lieu fee program.  This encompasses the four 8-digit HUC’s in the Ohio portion of the Pittsburgh Corps District.  “We are thrilled to have received final approval of our in-lieu fee program for stream mitigation in the Pittsburgh District,” said Stream + Wetlands Foundation President Vince Messerly. “This will provide an immediate relief to permit applicants in this part of Ohio that need to provide compensatory mitigation for impacts to streams.”

The cost of the stream mitigation credits will be $230 per linear foot.  We anticipate receiving  approval from the Huntington Corps District for our in lieu fee program for streams in that District by the end of this summer.  For more information, please feel free to call us at (740) 654-4016 or read more about our ILF programs here.

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Ohio Wetlands Foundation’s Approved In-Lieu Fee Programs

The Ohio Wetlands has received approval of our In-Lieu-Fee Programs (ILFP) for the USACE Pittsburgh District and Huntington Corps Districts.  The Pittsburgh District comprises part of eastern Ohio while the Huntington District encompasses 45,000 square miles in parts of five states, including the majority of Ohio. This authorization will assist permit applicants in these Districts with their mitigation needs. Contact Vince Messerly for more information about these programs.

 

Federal Court Halts WOTUS Rule

On Aug. 27, a United States District Court for the District of North Dakota issued an order blocking the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule hours before it was

Stream mitigation ILF approved

We are pleased to announce that on July 8, the Pittsburgh Corps District  approved the Final Instrument for our stream mitigation in-lieu fee program.  This encompasses the four 8-digit HUC’s

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Learn more about…. Ohio Wetlands Foundation’s Approved In-Lieu Fee Programs The Ohio Wetlands has received approval of our In-Lieu-Fee Programs (ILFP) for the USACE Pittsburgh District and Huntington Corps Districts.  The Pittsburgh