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Wetland Mitigation Programs: Challenges, Opportunities and Partnerships

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) Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Wetland Mitigation Programs:Challenges, Opportunities and Partnerships Southeast Alaska Stakeholder Meeting October 22, 2011 Steve Sego Habitat Bank NW
  • 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. 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. Opportunities - Alaska • SAWC • Demand • Supportive agencies • Track record/history to build on • Compliance concepts/rules in place • Timing
  • 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. 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. 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