Mitigation Bank Notices

Contact Information


 Field Office Address
 Bemidji 4111 Technology
Drive NW, Suite 295
Bemidji, MN 56601
 Brainerd 10867 East Gull Lake Drive NW
Brainerd, MN 56401
 Duluth 600 South Lake
Avenue, Suite 211
Duluth, MN 55802
 La Crescent 1114 South Oak Street
La Crescent, MN 55947

 Field Office


 Brookfield 250 North Sunnyslope
Road, Suite 296
Brookfield, WI 53005


320 North Broadway, Suite 200
Green Bay, WI 54303

10637 Hayward Court
Unit 2
Hayward, WI 54843

 La Crescent 1114 South Oak Street
La Crescent, MN 55947
2926 Post Road,
Suite B
Stevens Point, WI 54481

 District Headquarters

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District - Regulatory

332 Minnesota St., Suite E1500
St. Paul, MN 55101

Tel: (651) 290-5525
800-290-5847 x 5525

 Agricultural Inquiries

Tel: (651) 290-5378



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?
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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.