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 [...]
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 [...]
Sustainable design has been on the upswing for years now. With the success of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, the infrastructure world has come on board with several rating systems of its own developed within the last decade. […]
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 [...]
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.
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. [...]
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.
Despite hearing politicians and lobbyists talk about how we have to repeal it, reinforce it, or redefine it, the reality is that most of the public is uninformed about the Clean Water Act. This article will answer some of the more commonly-asked questions.
The mitigation market as it exists today has its good qualities, but there are some drawbacks too. I’d like to propose some ideas and open a dialog about ways we can try to improve our industry. In many places in the U.S., the mitigation market suffers from a small seller/small buyer problem, usually [...]
Main Similarities and Differences that Impact Congress’s Decision on the Water Resources Development Act
Have you heard about the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016? Not to be confused with the WRDA of 1974 or WRDA of 1992 - those are just three of 11 WRDAs. All WRDAs are related to water resources needs, but the actual applications are varied among environmental, structural, navigational, flood protection, [...]