Stream + Wetlands president Vince Messerly will be a featured speaker at the Ohio Surface Water: Regulatory and Permitting Conference to be held Oct. 20 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Columbus. The conference is sponsored by CLE International – a provider of continuing education programs throughout the United States and Canada. Their seminars focus on emerging legal issues and have received wide acclaim from bench and bar for the high quality of faculty (all of whom are recognized experts in their fields of specialty) and the efficient organization of detailed and useful information.
Messerly’s presentation “Mitigation Plans: Plan Preparation and Agency Review Process” will begin at 3:00 p.m. and discuss how a permit applicant and their consultant may work with the 401/404 permit reviewer to determine the best mitigation option for their project when more than one type of compensatory mitigation is available. This is in accordance with the 2008 Federal Compensatory Mitigation Rule (33 CFR parts 325 and 332) which established a hierarchy for wetland mitigation. While the hierarchy clearly establishes a preference for the use of mitigation banks, it also provides for the use of other compensatory mitigation options (if available) with approval of the mitigation plan at the discretion of the District Engineer (DE). The DE has several factors that he may consider when approving a compensatory mitigation plan.
For additional information about this informative presentation, contact Vince Messerly at Stream + Wetlands Foundation or Kerry Mason of CLE International at firstname.lastname@example.org. When contacting Kerry, mention Messerly’s name and receive $100 off your registration fee for the conference.