What is Wetland Mitagation?

The LDFA in Huron Township goes through many processes in order to accommodate new business. One action that often needs to be addressed is wetland mitigation. Wetland mitigation is often necessary when a business needs to build on a watershed for various reasons, so other wetlands are created or taken from a wetland bank.

A mitigation bank is a wetland, stream, or other aquatic resource area that has been restored, established, enhanced, or (in certain circumstances) preserved for the purpose of providing compensation for unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources. A mitigation bank may be created when a government agency, corporation, nonprofit organization, or other entity undertakes these activities under a formal agreement with a regulatory agency.

On the average it cost $25,000 per acre to establish a wetland area. The process for wetland mitigation includes a topographic map that must be completed. Topographic maps are used widely for both recreational and industrial purposes. They differ from political, physical or road maps in the detail they show regarding the physical environment depicted. This will also insure that the area will be used as a passive reservation. Then a tree survey is conducted. It is an important survey that is performed on private or public landscapes. The goal of the survey is to provide useful information on the trees so that property managers can make informed decisions. Based on the information that they receive from the survey, they may then decide what to do with the trees. Finally a committee reviews all these actions and if all goes well this process should take four weeks to complete. The Huron Township LDFA hopes to complete this process in a few weeks for its new potential business venture.

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