Wetland mitigation credits are now available on the Long Beach Peninsula near Long Beach, WA. The 76-acre Long Beach Mitigation Bank operated by LBMB, Inc. was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington State Department of Ecology in November of 2013. Projects with unavoidable impacts to wetlands and wetland buffers within the service area of the mitigation bank now have the opportunity to purchase credits for wetland and wetland buffer mitigation.
The service area of the Long Beach Mitigation Bank includes projects with palustrine and lacustrine wetland and wetland buffer impacts on the coastal plain of the Long Beach Peninsula that drain to Willapa Bay or the Pacific Ocean or have no outlet. Mitigation banking is a favorable option for compensatory mitigation because it allows for wetland functions and processes that are critical within a watershed to be restored, enhanced, or preserved. Regulatory agencies have stated their preference for the use of mitigation banks, when available, over in-lieu fee programs or permittee-responsible onsite/offsite wetland mitigation for development projects. In addition, applicants who use mitigation banking for project wetland impacts will have the benefit of avoiding costly development of permittee-responsible mitigation and monitoring plans, and shorter review time/permit issuance by the permitting agencies. Purchasing mitigation credits allows developers to move forward with their project once the purchase is complete rather than the continuing responsibility to provide mitigation site maintenance and monitoring over a 5 to 10 year period.
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