Northeastern Minnesota Compensation Siting: Alternative Wetland Mitigation Options

The Interagency Northeast Mitigation Siting Team (Team), composed of the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), St. Paul District Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5, developed Siting of Wetland Mitigation in Northeast Minnesota (Siting Report) in March 2014, which identified alternative mitigation options that could potentially be used to meet mitigation requirements. The primary authors of the Siting Report were representatives from BWSR, ACOE, and DNR. The objective of this project is to identify example project opportunities within Bank Service Area 1 (BSA1) that could be considered for alternative mitigation as defined in the Siting Report. This project involves three main tasks: Task 1. Research opportunities that could be classified as alternative mitigation options through extensive document review and interviews with recognized experts. Task 2. Identify potential site-specific projects and provide a landscape-level analysis to inventory potential project opportunities. Task 3. Rank watersheds based on the availability of potential project opportunities and their preservation or restoration potential. The project also includes development of a Quality Assurance Project Plan [not included in this document]. The project area is limited to BSA1 (Figure 1), which is in part of the state where greater than 80 percent of the pre-European settlement wetland areas remain. This "greater than 80 percent area" is identified in the St. Paul District Policy for Wetland Compensatory Mitigation in Minnesota1, which includes special policy considerations. This report presents a summary of information offered by the collective group, which can be shared and referenced by all including the public, state and other federal agencies, tribes, environmental groups, and other stakeholders.
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Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources (St. Paul, Minnesota)
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