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Ecology Public Notice: Proposal to Certify a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Pierce County (July 12, 2017)

Ecology requests public comment on the proposed certification of the Upper Clear Creek Bank (Bank) in Pierce County, Washington. The Bank is located near the Puyallup River between the cities of Tacoma and Puyallup. Specifically, the Port of Tacoma proposes to re-establish, rehabilitate, and enhance approximately 28-acres of wetland and associated upland habitat to create the Bank.

The purpose of the Bank is to provide, for sale to the general public, high-quality, consolidated, watershed-based compensatory mitigation. Bank credits would be available – subject to regulatory approval- for future projects with unavoidable impacts to wetlands and other aquatic resources, including habitat for fish. The presence of a Bank does not change existing regulatory requirements to avoid, minimize, rectify and finally, compensate for wetland impacts.

This Bank is also being reviewed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) as a fish conservation Bank for Section 7 actions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If NMFS signs the Mitigation Bank Instrument, the Bank will be approved to provide compensatory mitigation, when appropriate, for impacts to species within their jurisdiction. In addition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may consider the Bank, if authorized, for ESA Section 7 mitigation requirements to address impacts to species within their jurisdiction.

The public comment period to evaluate state certification for the proposed Bank starts July 12, 2017 and ends August 11, 2017. You can download the Public Notice and associated supporting documents on Ecology’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice web page. 

Terrace Mitigation Bank in Clark County approved (March 20, 2017)

Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have certified the establishment and operation of the Terrace Mitigation Bank in Clark County. The Bank is located at 5721 NE 152nd Avenue, south of Fourth Plain Blvd in Vancouver, Washington.  Specifically, Terrace Mitigation Bank, LLC will re-establish, rehabilitate, and enhance approximately 113 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat to create the bank.  (Also see a related Ecology News Release.)

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Last updated: 07/06/2017