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Archived Updates

Ecology Public Notice: Proposal to Certify a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Clark County (November 9, 2016)

  • Ecology requests public comment on the proposed certification of the Terrace Mitigation Bank (Bank) in Clark County, Washington. The Bank is located within the City of Vancouver. Specifically, Rotschy, Inc. propose to re-establish, rehabilitate, and enhance approximately 113-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. The presence of a bank does not change existing regulatory requirements to avoid, minimize, rectify and finally, compensate for wetland impacts.

    The public comment period to evaluate state certification for the proposed bank starts November 9, 2016 and ends December 9, 2016. You can download the Public Notice and associated supporting documents on Ecology’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page. 

Ecology certifies the Coweeman River Mitigation Bank (May 5, 2016)

  • Ecology, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and NOAA Fisheries have certified the establishment and operation of the Coweeman River Mitigation Bank in Cowlitz County. The Coweeman Bank is the first joint wetland mitigation and fish conservation bank in Washington State. The bank is located east of the City of Kelso along the Coweeman River. Specifically, Habitat Bank, LLC will establish, re-establish, rehabilitate, enhance, and preserve approximately 302 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat to create the bank. (Also see a related Ecology News Release.)

Ecology certifies Weatherwax Wetland and Habitat Bank (March 29, 2016)

  • Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have certified the establishment and operation of a publicly owned wetland mitigation “bank” within the City of Ocean Shores in Grays Harbor County. The City of Ocean Shores will preserve and enhance approximately 120-acres of high quality wetland mosaic and old growth forest and will permanently protect the site through a conservation easement. See related U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News Release.

Joint Public Notice: Proposal for a Joint Wetland and Conservation Mitigation Bank in Clark County (December 2015)

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) are considering a proposal to establish the Wapato Valley Mitigation and Conservation Bank. The Joint Public Notice was posted December 21, 2015 and will expire on January 20, 2015.

Plas Newydd Farms, LLC is the applicant for the bank located in Clark County, Washington. The proposal currently involves the re-establishment, rehabilitation, enhancement, and preservation of approximately 876 acres of wetland, stream, and associated upland habitat. The Corps and Ecology are soliciting comments from interested parties in order to identify project aspects that needed to be addressed during the bank review process.

If you would like to download this Public Notice and associated supporting documents, go to Ecology’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

Ecology Public Notice: Proposal to Certify a Wetland Mitigation and Fish Conservation Bank in Cowlitz County (October 2015)

  • Ecology requests public comment on the proposed certification of the Coweeman River Mitigation Bank (bank) in Cowlitz County, WA. The bank is located east of the City of Kelso along the Coweeman River. Specifically, Habitat Bank, LLC propose to establish, re-establish, rehabilitate, enhance, and preserve approximately 320 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 project 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 (USFWS) 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 October 14, 2015 and ends November 13, 2015. You can download the Public Notice and associated supporting documents on Ecology’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page. 

(Also see a related Ecology News Release dated October 16, 2015.)

Changes to the Wetland Mitigation Banking Web Pages (September 2015)

  • We updated our wetland mitigation banking web pages to help visitors easily and quickly locate the information they are looking for.

    For example, we changed one of our “side bar” titles from Resource Documents to Templates and Guidance Documents. We’re hoping this small change will help visitors, including our Bank Sponsors, navigate to documents they need to submit to the Interagency Review Team Co-Chairs. These templates are a great starting point for Bank Sponsors to add all the details about their specific bank site.

    Within this page, Bank Sponsors can find the Mitigation Banking Instrument template and ledger templates. While others looking to propose use of a wetland mitigation bank can find guidance on submitting a Bank Use Plan. > Go to Templates and Guidance Documents.

Joint Public Notice: Proposal for a Joint Wetland and Conservation Mitigation Bank in King County (July 23, 2015)

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) are considering a proposal to establish the Keller Farm Mitigation Bank. The Joint Public Notice was posted July 23, 2015 and will expire on August 22, 2015.

    Habitat Bank, LLC is the applicant for the bank located in King County, Washington. The proposal currently involves the re-establishment, rehabilitation, and enhancement of approximately 91 acres of wetland, stream, and associated upland habitat. The Corps and Ecology are soliciting comments from interested parties in order to identify project aspects that needed to be addressed during the bank review process.

    If you would like to download this Public Notice and associated supporting documents, go to Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

Ecology Public Notice: Proposal to Certify a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Grays Harbor County (April 2, 2015)

  • Ecology requests public comment on the certification of the Weatherwax Wetland and Habitat Mitigation Bank (bank) in Ocean Shores, WA. Specifically, the City of Ocean Shores proposes to preserve and enhance approximately 120-acres 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. The presence of a wetland bank does not change existing regulatory requirements to avoid, minimize, rectify and finally, compensate for wetland impacts.

    The public comment period to evaluate state certification for the proposed bank starts April 2, 2015 and ends May 2, 2015. You can download the Public Notice and associated supporting documents on Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

Joint Public Notice: Proposal for a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Clark County (November 14, 2014)

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) are considering a proposal to establish the Terrace Wetland Mitigation Bank. The Joint Public Notice was posted November 14, 2014 and will expire on December 14, 2014.

    Rotschy, Inc. is the applicant for the bank located in Clark County, Washington. The proposal currently involves the re-establishment, re-habilitation, enhancement, and preservation of approximately 128 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat. The Corps and Ecology are soliciting comments from interested parties in order to identify project aspects that needed to be addressed during the bank review process.

    If you would like to download this Public Notice and associated supporting documents, go to Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

Joint Public Notice: Proposal for a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Pierce County (August 7, 2014)

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) are considering a proposal to establish the Port of Tacoma Umbrella Wetland and Habitat Conservation Bank. The Joint Public Notice was posted August 7, 2014 and will expire on September 6, 2014. The proposed project is an umbrella mitigation and habitat conservation bank, meaning that multiple mitigation sites will be included in the bank.

    The Port of Tacoma is the applicant for the bank located in Pierce County, Washington. The Port currently has nine sites that have been identified as potential mitigation sites for the umbrella bank. Two of these potential mitigation sites are discussed in the Public Notice and prospectus. Possible mitigation actions include: channel creation, wetland establishment, wetland restoration, wetland enhancement, wetland preservation, floodplain forest creation, and buffer enhancement. The Corps and Ecology are soliciting comments from interested parties in order to identify aspects of the proposal that need to be addressed during the bank review process.

    If you would like to download this Public Notice and prospectus, go to Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

Joint Public Notice: Proposal for a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Cowlitz County (August 22, 2013)

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) are considering a proposal to establish the Coweeman River Wetland and Conservation Bank. The Joint Public Notice was posted August 22, 2013 and will expire on September 21, 2013.

    Habitat Bank, LLC is the applicant for the bank located in Cowlitz County, Washington. The proposal currently involves the creation, enhancement, re-establishment, and preservation of approximately 315 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat. The Corps and Ecology are soliciting comments from interested parties in order to identify project aspects that need to be addressed during the bank review process.

    If you would like to download this Public Notice and associated supporting documents, go to Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page

Ecology certifies Chehalis Basin Wetland Mitigation Bank (April 12, 2013)

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps),  Ecology, and Lewis and Thurston counties have certified the construction and operation of a privately owned wetland mitigation “bank” on Big Hanaford Creek, a floodplain tributary to the Skookumchuck River in the Chehalis River drainage basin.

    Womble Carlyle Ecology Innovations (WCEI) of Tysons Corner, Virginia, the company building and operating the WCEI Chehalis Mitigation Bank, will permanently protect the 177-acre site through a conservation easement. The bank is adjacent to several existing wetland floodplain projects, which will help boost the projects’ effectiveness. These include the Kopiah Wetland Mitigation Project and Pit 7 Rail Alternative Mitigation Project. Having contiguous areas that incorporate similar mitigation activities bolsters the functions of the projects.

    The WCEI Chehalis Mitigation Bank is the first to be formally certified under both state and federal rules in Lewis and Thurston counties. The bank is expected to generate credits that developers and local governments can use to offset unavoidable impacts to wetlands in the mitigation bank’s service area. The bank will offer credits for sale – subject to regulatory approval – for development projects in the upper Chehalis River basin.

    The availability of these wetlands credits, however, does not eliminate state and federal regulations requiring developers to first avoid and minimize wetland damage.

    (Also see a related Ecology News Release dated April 15, 2013.)

Ecology certifies Pacific County Wetland Mitigation Bank (March 12, 2013)

  • Ecology has certified the construction and operation of the Long Beach Wetland Mitigation Bank, a privately owned, 76-acre wetland mitigation bank near Long Beach in Pacific County. LBMB, Inc., the company that will build and operate the bank, will permanently protect the property through a conservation easement. The company will preserve and enhance existing Category I and II wetlands and associated upland habitat at the site. The bank has also received approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Pacific County. (Also see a related Ecology News Release dated March 18, 2013.)

Ecology Public Notice: Proposal to Certify a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Pacific County (November 16, 2012)

  • Ecology requests public comment on the certification of the Long Beach Wetland Mitigation Bank (bank) in Pacific County, WA. Specifically, Long Beach Mitigation Bank, LLC propose to preserve and enhance approximately 76-acres of Cat I and II 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. The presence of a wetland bank does not change existing regulatory requirements to avoid, minimize, rectify and finally, compensate for wetland impacts.

    The public comment period to evaluate state certification for the proposed bank started November 16, 2012 and ended December 17, 2012.

    You can download the Public Notice and associated supporting documents on Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

Agencies approve Lummi commercial wetland and habitat mitigation bank (July 6, 2012)

  • (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News Release no. 12-015)
    Federal agencies worked together with the Lummi Nation to establish the first federally authorized Native American sponsored commercial wetland and habitat mitigation bank in the nation. The complete Lummi Bank proposal includes approximately 1,945 acres of land that the Tribe intends to develop in four phases. The bank service area includes the entire Lummi Indian Reservation, the Nooksack River watershed generally downstream of Deming and certain other coastal watersheds within Whatcom County.

Ecology certifies Clark County wetland mitigation bank (June 8, 2011)

  • Ecology has certified the construction and operation of the East Fork Lewis Wetland Mitigation Bank, a privately owned, 113-acre wetland mitigation bank near La Center in Clark County. East Fork Lewis Mitigation Partners, the company that will build and operate the bank, will permanently protect the property through a conservation easement. The firm will re-establish and enhance existing wetlands as well as upland habitat areas at the site.

News Release: Ecology certifies Skagit County wetland mitigation bank (May 31, 2011)

  • Ecology has approved the wetland mitigation bank certification for the Skagit Environmental Bank, a privately owned, 400-acre wetland mitigation bank near Mount Vernon. Clear Valley Environmental Farm, the Sebastopol, Calif., company that will build and operate the bank, still needs state water quality certification from Ecology and a federal permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) before it can begin construction and operation of the site.

    The bank is the second wetland mitigation bank to be certified in Skagit County. The first, certified in 2009, was the Nookachamps Wetland Mitigation Bank located within the city of Mount Vernon.

Joint Public Notice: Proposal for a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Lewis and Thurston Counties (January 6, 2011)

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) are considering a proposal to establish the Chehalis Basin Mitigation Bank. The Joint Public Notice was posted January 6, 2011 and will expire on February 5, 2011.

    Womble Carlyle Ecology Innovations, LLC is the applicant for the multi-site mitigation bank located throughout west-central Lewis County and South Thurston County, Washington. The proposal currently involves two sites totaling approximately 300 acres. Additional sites may be added in the future as amendments to the approved MBI. The Corps and Ecology are soliciting comments from interested parties in order to identify project aspects that need to be addressed during the bank review process.

    You can download the Public Notice and associated supporting documents on Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

Ecology Public Notice: Proposal to Certify a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Clark County (December 8, 2010)

  • Ecology requests public comment on the certification of the East Fork Lewis Wetland Mitigation Bank (bank) in Clark County, WA. Specifically, East Fork Lewis Mitigation Partners, LLC propose to re-establish and enhance approximately 113-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. The presence of a wetland bank does not change existing regulatory requirements to avoid, minimize, rectify and finally, compensate for wetland impacts.

    The public comment period to evaluate state certification for the proposed bank started December 8, 2010 and ended January 7, 2011.

    You can download the Public Notice and associated supporting documents on Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

Joint Public Notice: Proposal for a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Grays Harbor County (April 20, 2010)

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) are considering a proposal to establish the City of Ocean Shores Wetland Mitigation Bank. The Joint Public Notice was posted April 20, 2010 and expired on May 19, 2010.

    The City of Ocean Shores is the applicant for the bank located in Grays Harbor County, Washington. The proposal currently involves the preservation of approximately 120 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat. The Corps and Ecology are soliciting comments from interested parties in order to identify project aspects that needed to be addressed during the bank review process.

    You can download the Public Notice and associated supporting documents on Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

Vancouver Wetland Bank First to be Certified Under New Ecology Rule (March 1, 2010)

Ecology adopts a new rule for wetland mitigation banks: Wetland Mitigation Banks, Chapter 173-700 WAC (September 3, 2009)

  • On September 3, 2009, Ecology adopted a new rule that establishes criteria and a certification process for wetland mitigation banks across the state.  This rule is expected to provide an efficient, predictable framework to certify, operate, and monitor wetland mitigation banks in concert with other federal, state, and local jurisdictions.

    State and federal laws prohibit the loss of wetlands due to development.  Wetland mitigation banks allow developers to provide compensation for unavoidable impacts to wetlands prior to those impacts occurring.  Wetland mitigation banking is an important strategy for engaging the private sector and the power of the market place to provide economical incentives to sustain Washington's remaining wetlands.

Joint Public Notice: Proposal for a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Pacific County (May 5, 2009)

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) considering a proposal to establish the Long Beach Wetland Mitigation Bank. The Joint Public Notice was posted May 5, 2009 and expired on June 4, 2009.

    Long Beach Mitigation Bank, LLC is the applicant for the bank located in Pacific County, Washington. The proposal currently involves the enhancement and preservation of approximately 73 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat. The Corps and Ecology are soliciting comments from interested parties in order to identify project aspects that needed to be addressed during the bank review process.

    You can download this Public Notice and associated supporting documents on Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

Skagit County’s first wetland mitigation bank approved (April 7, 2009)

Ecology proposing to adopt a new rule for wetland mitigation banks:  Wetland Mitigation Banks, Chapter 173-700 WAC (March 11, 2009)

  • Ecology proposed to adopt a new rule for wetland mitigation banks. The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide an efficient, predictable framework to certify, operate and monitor wetland mitigation banks across the state.

Joint Public Notice: Proposal for a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Skagit County (January 7, 2009)

  • A Joint Public Notice concerning an application to construct and operate the Skagit Environmental Bank was posted January 7, 2009 and expired on February 6, 2009.  Clear Valley Environmental Farm, LLC is the applicant for this proposed wetland mitigation bank located in Skagit County, 1.5 miles northeast of Mount Vernon.

    The proposed work will restore wetlands and streams for use as a wetland mitigation bank.  The proposed project is located on 396 acres.  The Corps of Engineers and Ecology requested public comment on the application and mitigation bank instrument (MBI) that were submitted by the applicant.

    You can download the Public Notice and associated MBI on Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page. 

Ecology Public Notice: Proposal to Certify a Wetland Mitigation Bank in Clark County (December 4, 2008)

  • Ecology requested public comment on the certification of the Columbia River Wetland Mitigation Bank (bank) in Clark County, WA.   Specifically, Clark County Mitigation Partners, LLC proposed to create and enhance approximately 160 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat to establish 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. The presence of a wetland bank does not change existing regulatory requirements to avoid, minimize, rectify and finally, compensate for wetland impacts.

    The public comment period to evaluate state certification for the proposed bank started December 4, 2008 and ended January 5, 2009.

    You can download the Public Notice and associated supporting documents on Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

Ecology gives top honors to Paine Field wetland bank project (September 24, 2008)

Joint Public Notice: Proposal for a Wetland Mitigation Bank in King County (March 31, 2008)

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the City of Redmond  considered a proposal from Habitat Banc NW, LLC to construct and operate the Lake Washington-Sammamish Watershed Mitigation Bank. The Joint Public Notice was posted March 31, 2008 and expired on April 30, 2008.

    Habitat Banc NW, LLC is the applicant for the bank located in King County, Washington. At the time of the Public Notice, the proposal involved approximately 117 acres within the city of Redmond. The Corps, EPA and Ecology solicited comments from interested parties in order to identify project aspects that needed to be addressed during the bank review process. You can download the Public Notice and associated prospectus on Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

The Public was Invited to Attend Ecology’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Program’s Advisors Group Meeting on November 27, 2007

  • Ecology met with the Wetland Banking Advisors Group on November 27, 2007 from 10 to 3 at the Tacoma Municipal Building, Room 343 in Tacoma, WA. The Advisors Group consisted of representatives from local, state, and federal agencies, environmental interests, banking, and agriculture and business communities. The Advisors Group provided guidance and identified improvements to the Wetland Banking Program. The topic of this meeting was to discuss possible rule changes regarding Public Access/Allowed Uses, Site Selection, Credit Generation and Language Related to Local Approval.

The Public was Invited to Attend Ecology’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Program’s Advisors Group Meeting on October 17, 2007

  • Ecology met with the Wetland Banking Advisors Group on October 17, 2007 from 10 to 3 at the Tacoma Municipal Building, Room 138 in Tacoma, WA. The topic of this meeting was to discuss possible rule changes regarding conservation easements and to discuss the SEPA process for bank proposals.

The Public was Invited to Attend Ecology’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Program’s Advisors Group Meeting on September 20, 2007

  • Ecology met with the Wetland Banking Advisors Group on September 20, 2007 from 10 to 3 at the Seattle District Corps of Engineers in Seattle, WA. The topic of this meeting was to discuss possible rule changes regarding conservation easements and to discuss the SEPA process for bank proposals.

Special Joint Public Notice: Submittal Opening for Mitigation Bank Proposals (August 13, 2007)

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Seattle District), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 10), and the Washington Department of Ecology jointly accepted proposals for new wetland mitigation banks in Washington State. There was a 7-week open submittal period from August 13, 2007 through September 28, 2007. During the open submittal period, proposals were accepted and evaluated by the interagency Mitigation Bank Review Team (MBRT).

    Prior to that, the MBRT had only reviewed bank projects that were selected to participate in Ecology’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Pilot Program. While the pilot program continues, the MBRT agencies have decided to accept proposals for new mitigation banks in an effort to expand mitigation banking opportunities in the state. For more details, view the view the Public Notice (PDF).

The Public was Invited to Attend Ecology’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Program’s Advisors Group Meeting on June 13, 2007

  • Ecology met with the Wetland Banking Advisors Group on June 13, 2007 from 10 to 3 at the Washington Department of Transportation HQ Office in Olympia, WA. The topic of this meeting was discussion of requirements for a wetland mitigation bank prospectus and opportunities for public comment/participation during the review and certification of wetland mitigation banks.

The Public was Invited to Attend Ecology’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Program’s Advisors Group Meeting on May 2, 2007

  • Ecology met with the Wetland Banking Advisors Group on May 2, 2007 from 10 to 3 at the Seattle District Corps of Engineers in Seattle, WA. The topic of this meeting was to discuss and clarify the specific recommendations from the Advisors Group that have been identified from past meetings. In addition they discussed future meeting topics and how the group would like to proceed over the next few months.

Joint Public Notice: Proposal for a Mitigation Bank in Clark County (March 23, 2007)

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) considered a proposal to construct and operate the multi-site Clark County Mitigation Bank. The Joint Public Notice was posted March 23, 2007 and expired on April 23, 2007 (extended to May 1, 2007).

    Clark County Mitigation Partners, LLC is the applicant for the multi-site mitigation bank located throughout Clark County, Washington. At the time of the Public Notice, the proposal involved six sites totaling approximately 1,000 acres. Additional sites may be added in the future as amendments to the approved Mitigation Bank Instrument. The Corps and Ecology are solicited comments from interested parties in order to identify project aspects that needed to be addressed during the bank review process. You can download the Public Notice and associated prospectus on Ecology's Wetland Mitigation Banking Public Notice archive web page.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ecology, and Clark County Invited the Public to Attend a Wetland Banking Workshop on April 17, 2007

  • The Corps, Ecology, and Clark County considered a proposal to establish a wetland mitigation bank on six parcels of land in Clark County, Washington.  There was a joint public workshop on April 17 in Vancouver, Washington, so members of the community could ask questions or comment on the proposed action. For complete details see the see the workshop announcement (PDF). 

The Public was Invited to Attend the Banking Program’s Advisors Group Meeting on March 28, 2007

  • Ecology met with the Wetland Banking Advisors Group on March 28, 2007 from 10 to 3 at the Lacey Community Center in Lacey, WA.  The purpose of this meeting was to discuss how to improve the accountability and timeliness within Ecology’s Wetland Banking Program.

Guidance on Locating Mitigation Banks Using a Landscape-Based Approach is Now Available (March 21, 2007)

  • On March 21, 2007, Ecology, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10, and the Seattle District Corps of Engineers issued a Special Joint Public Notice (PDF). This notice announced the opportunity for applicants to submit new proposals for wetland mitigation banks. In this notice, we strongly encouraged applicants to use a landscape-based approach to select sites for wetland mitigation banks.

    To help applicants in this process, the agencies developed Guidance on Locating Mitigation Banks Using a Landscape-Based Approach (Guidance, PDF). This Guidance is intended to help applicants identify some of the important landscape processes influencing wetlands and maintaining water flow processes.

    Although it is not mandatory for applicants to use the Guidance, thinking about landscape processes when selecting a site will help ensure you are choosing the best possible site for a wetland mitigation bank.

    Please see the Special Joint Public Notice (PDF) and the Guidance (PDF) for more information on using a landscape-based approach in your proposal.

Status of the Wetland Mitigation Banking Pilot Program - A Report to the Legislature

  • In December 2006, the Department of Ecology presented a report, Status of the Wetland Mitigation Banking Pilot Program, to the Washington State Legislature.

    The report provides background and legislative history on the Wetland Banking Pilot Program. It also includes an overview of the Pilot Program from 2004 – 2006, including program funding, government-to-government coordination efforts, and lessons learned. In addition, it provides a brief look to the future of the program, including program improvements, post-certification monitoring of wetland banks, and the next steps in formally adopting a Wetland Banking Rule.

The Public was Invited to Attend the Banking Program’s Advisors Group Meeting on February 20, 2007

The Public was Invited to Attend the Banking Program's Advisors Group Meeting on January 8, 2007

Ecology Hosted Forum on Wetland Banking (November 28, 2006)

  • After opening remarks from Director Jay Manning and a status report on wetland banking in Washington State by Ecology’s Lauren Driscoll, panelists were asked to present their ideas on what a successful banking program looks like to them. Panelists for the event represented perspectives ranging from entrepreneurial bankers, to bank users, to regulators, to stakeholders with environmental or land use concerns.

Second private “wetland bank” approved under state pilot program (August 24, 2006)

  • Ecology News Release (link no longer active)

Springbrook Creek Wetland and Habitat Mitigation Bank approval (August 22, 2006)

Public workshop set on Skagit Valley wetland banks (June 29, 2006)

State "wetland bank" pilot program launched in Snohomish County (December 12, 2005)

  • Ecology News Release (link no longer active)

10-Year Anniversary of Release of Federal Mitigation Banking Guidance (November 28, 2005)

  • Ten years ago the EPA, the Corps, USFWS, NMFS, and NRCS released the Federal Mitigation Banking Guidance (November 28, 1995). To commemorate the event, EPA released a fact sheet entitled Mitigation Banking: Compensating for Impacts to Wetlands and Streams. The fact sheet discusses the concept of mitigation banking as well as the history, status, and benefits of mitigation banking. It also provides links to useful mitigation banking-related resources.

Last updated: 07/06/2017

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