Wetland Mitigation Programs by Steve Sego (Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition)

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Wetland Mitigation Programs: Challenges, Opportunities and Partnerships

Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition.
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Wetland Mitigation Programs by Steve Sego (Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition)

  1. 1. Wetland Mitigation Programs:Challenges, Opportunities and Partnerships Southeast Alaska Stakeholder Meeting October 22, 2011 Steve Sego Habitat Bank NW
  2. 2. Mitigation Programs• History• Multiple jurisdictions, layers- – USACE/EPA – Services – State – Tribes – Burroughs/Cities – Others• Banking is the preferred off site solution – 2008 Federal Rule
  3. 3. Challenges• Failed mitigation• Confusion about programs – Sequencing – Impacts• Layers of jurisdiction• Watershed approach vs. sub-basin• Agency support – Compliance – Coordination• Cost• Lack of certainty, timelines and permitting
  4. 4. Opportunities - Alaska • SAWC • Demand • Supportive agencies • Track record/history to build on • Compliance concepts/rules in place • Timing
  5. 5. Checklist• Demand – Location: Service Area – Public/private impacts• Site selection – Condition – Size – Restoration cost – Local jurisdictions, neighbors• Prospectus• MBI/ILFI – Credits, release schedule – Design – Performance Standards• Conservation Easement, long term M & M• Construction• Marketing• $$$$
  6. 6. The Right Partners• The right consultants• Land trusts/easement holders• Experienced restoration contractors• Partners that need credits• Partners with valuable skills• Good legal advice
  7. 7. Next Steps• Consolidated commitment from agencies• Constructive relationship with sponsors, agencies, permitted applicants• Public education• Third party alliances• More is better – More interested bankers/ILF sponsors the better – Replicate success

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