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Water Quality - Compensatory Mitigation

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Compensatory Mitigation

If a proposed development project has explored all practical alternatives for avoiding and minimizing impacts, and project impacts exceed applicable permit thresholds, then mitigation will be required.

The mitigation plan must be implemented and/or constructed before any permanent building or structure on site is occupied. In the case of a public road project, the mitigation plan must be implemented before the road is opened to the public. Proof of payment into a mitigation bank or in-lieu fee program or completion of an approved permit-specifc mitigation project must be provided to DWR to satisfy this requirement.

Learn more about DWR's Stream & Wetland and Nutrient Offset & Buffer Compensatory Mitigation programs:

Streams & Wetlands    ♦   Nutrient Offset & Buffers

 

Options for compensatory mitigation

  • Mitigation banks: Applicant satisfies the mitigation requirement by purchasing mitigation credits from an approved mitigation bank. 
  • In-lieu fee mitigation: Applicant satisfies the mitigation requirement by purchasing mitigation credits through the N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program (NCEEP).
  • Project-specific mitigation: Applicant satisfies the mitigation requirement themselves, either at the project site or at an off-site location.

 

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