The RS&H Tyler office is celebrating an exciting milestone this summer. The Houston-Conroe Mitigation Bank (HCMB) will soon have a signed Mitigation Banking Instrument (MBI) and can begin selling stream mitigation credits for impacts in the greater Houston area.

Located in Splendora, Texas, approximately 25 miles northeast of Houston, the HCMB will be a perpetually protected aquatic system that provides compensation for permitted, unavoidable impacts to stream resources within the surrounding watersheds. Here are some additional facts:

  1. We expect a release of over 17,000 stream credits in a couple months
  2. The bank will generate a total of approximately 110,000 stream credits
  3. The bank will restore nearly 30,000 linear feet of degraded streams by completely reconstructing new channels
  4. The bank will protect and enhance nearly 400 acres of riparian buffer
  5. HCMB is the first phase for a multi-phased restoration approach to a 3,500-acre property

Compensatory mitigation is an important and necessary part of growth and development, which the North Houston area is experiencing. The bank can service all or portions of Chambers, Fort Bend, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller Counties, providing a much needed source of stream mitigation for communities, such as Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe, Kingwood, and Humble.

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Elizabeth High
Elizabeth High
Liz is as an environmental specialist and Geographic Information System (GIS) analyst in the San Antonio office. She has over six years of experience in environmental compliance consulting and permitting with an emphasis on GIS and spatial analysis.