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2018-03694-EMN (Monroe County, WI) Devil’s Hole Wetland Mitigation Bank

PUBLIC NOTICE: The bank sponsor is proposing to develop the Devil’s Hole Wetland Mitigation Bank. The proposed bank site is approximately 188 acres in size, including any potential upland buffer areas.
Published: 1/8/2019

2018-03131-NTD (Green County, WI) Spring Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank

PUBLIC NOTICE: The sponsor is proposing to develop the Spring Creek Wetland Bank. The proposed bank site is approximately 72.2 acres in size, including upland buffer areas.
Published: 12/20/2018

2018-00404-EMN (Marathon County, WI) Potato Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank

PUBLIC NOTICE: The sponsor is proposing to develop the Potato Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank. The proposed bank site is approximately 58.41 acres in size.
Published: 12/20/2018

2017-02200-MJB (Blue Earth County, MN) Drummer Wetland Mitigation Bank #2

PUBLIC NOTICE: The sponsor is proposing to develop Drummer Wetland Bank #2. The proposed bank site is approximately 61.5 acres in size, including upland buffer areas.
Published: 12/20/2018

Guidance on Evaluating Potential Wetland Preservation Sites for Eligibility to Provide Compensatory Mitigation/Replacement in Minnesota

SPECIAL PUBLIC NOTICE: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District Regulatory Branch (Corps) and Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) have developed joint guidance for wetland preservation mitigation proposals. This guidance applies to a potential site’s eligibility for approval under both Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) wetland regulatory programs. This is a joint effort between the Corps and BWSR to provide guidance to the public on submitting adequate preservation proposals for both agencies. Adherence to this guidance will help applicants assemble the necessary information and documentation needed by regulatory reviewers to effectively evaluate a site for eligibility.
Published: 10/5/2017

Mitigation

Each year, the public in Minnesota and Wisconsin undertake projects that affect the nation's aquatic resources.  Often these projects require a Clean Water Act or Rivers and Harbors Act permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before work can proceed.  The Corps reviews these projects to ensure environmental impacts to aquatic resources are avoided or minimized as much as possible. Consistent with the administration’s goal of “no net loss of aquatic resources” a Corps permit may require a property owner to replace the loss of existing aquatic resource functions from a project through compensatory mitigation.

What Is Compensatory Mitigation?
**Hover over highlighted text for the definition**

Compensatory mitigation is the restoration
(re-establishment or rehabilitation), establishment (creation), enhancement, and/or in certain circumstances preservation of aquatic resources for the purpose of offsetting impacts which remain after all appropriate and practicable avoidance and minimization has been achieved.   Compensatory mitigation may come from three sources: mitigation banks, in-lieu fee programs, and permittee responsible mitigation. Refer to the chart below for more information regarding these sources.  In general, mitigation should be located within the same watershed as the impact site and should be located where it is most likely to successfully replace lost functions and services.  The Corps considers the type and location options for mitigation in the following order although flexibility in approach can be exercised on a project-specific basis: mitigation bank credits, in-lieu fee program credits, permittee responsible mitigation under a watershed approach, permittee responsible mitigation through on-site and in-kind mitigation,  and permittee responsible mitigation through off-site and/or out-of-kind mitigation.

 

Sources of Compensatory Mitigation

Mitigation Bank

One or more sites where aquatic resources such as wetlands or streams are restored, established, enhanced and / or preserved for the purpose of providing compensatory mitigation in advance of authorized impacts to similar resources.

In-lieu Fee Program

A program that involves the compensatory mitigation of aquatic and related terrestrial resources through funds paid to a government or non-governmental natural resource management organization.

Permittee-responsible Mitigation

Individual projects constructed by permittees to provide compensatory mitigation for activities authorized by Corps of Engineers' permits.

 

Contact Information

Project Manager Contact by County
Minnesota (PDF)

 Field Office Address
 Bemidji 4111 Technology
Drive NW, Suite 295
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-444-6381
 Brainerd 10867 East Gull Lake Drive NW
Brainerd, MN 56401
218-829-2711
 Duluth 600 South Lake
Avenue, Suite 211
Duluth, MN 55802
218-788-6408
 La Crescent 1114 South Oak Street
La Crescent, MN 55947
651-290-5902
Project manager contact by county

Wisconsin (PDF) 

 Field Office

 Address

 Brookfield 250 North Sunnyslope
Road, Suite 296
Brookfield, WI 53005
262-641-5498

 Green
   Bay

211 North Broadway
Street, Suite 221
Green Bay, WI 54303
920-448-2824
 Hayward

10637 Hayward Court
Unit 2
Hayward, WI 54843
715-934-2170

 La Crescent 1114 South Oak Street
La Crescent, MN 55947
651-290-5903
 Stevens
   Point
2926 Post Road,
Suite B
Stevens Point, WI 54481
715-345-7911

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District - Regulatory
180 5th St. East
Suite 700
St. Paul MN 55101

Tel: (651) 290-5525
800-290-5847 x 5525
mvp-reg-inquiry@usace.army.mil

Related Links

RIBITS (Regulatory In-lieu Fee and Bank Information Tracking System) link

Federal Mitigation Rule