Ecological Resource News

USACE Releases New Guidance on Dam Removal and Mitigation Banking

By |2018-12-14T10:26:44-04:00December 13th, 2018|Tags: , , |

As the mitigation banking industry continues to expand and diversify, additional avenues to create wetland and stream mitigation credits are needed. The removal of dams that impound reservoirs to restore the natural hydrologic regime and geochemical processes of a watercourse is often a desirable option for the overall public good. To address [...]

Construction within FEMA Floodways and Floodplains – Things to Keep in Mind

By |2018-11-02T08:18:50-04:00October 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

During the planning phase of any construction project, it is imperative to verify if a project is located within an area identified as a regulated floodway or floodplain as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Most construction activities within a regulated floodway or floodplain require coordination with FEMA and the local Floodplain [...]

Blue Carbon and Sequestration

By |2018-11-02T08:21:23-04:00April 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Purposeful, anthropogenic carbon sequestration is a fairly recent endeavor to mitigate carbon releases from industrial processes. The theory is that, by actively removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the effects of manmade climate change can be reduced. This is not only seen as a necessity for general global health, but also as a [...]

New USACE Fort Worth District Mitigation Banking Guidelines: Public Comments Due Feb. 9

By |2018-11-02T08:20:56-04:00January 30th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Hello loyal readers of the Ecological Resource News! This month’s addition comes a bit early as we have a new set of regulatory guidelines regarding mitigation banking in Texas, and we wanted to provide our readers the opportunity to read, discuss, and possibly submit comments. Check out the guidelines for comments, and click below to read my column.

Wetland Mitigation and No Net Loss – Apples to Apples?

By |2018-11-02T08:22:02-04:00November 30th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Does the use of wetland mitigation to offset unavoidable impacts to wetland resources always result in no net loss? The initial consensus is, generally, yes. However, I would argue to a large degree this is not the case. But, before we delve further into the question, let’s first continue with a brief history. [...]

Could changes in Washington affect Section 404 permitting?

By |2018-11-02T08:21:49-04:00April 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Getting Section 404 permit approval from US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is a process that can take up to 3 years. A process that requires federal and state interagency coordination to review hundreds of pages of permit applications that are opened for public comment, all while running on lousy coffee. Now, imagine the process with 20 percent less staff.