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Stream & Wetland Compensatory Mitigation

In accordance with 15A NCAC 02H .0506(h) and 15A NCAC 02H .1305(g), the DWR requires compensatory mitigation for losses of streams and wetlands (404 jurisdictional wetlands as well as isolated and other non-404 jurisdictional wetlands) as follows:

  • For all non-linear public transportation projects, mitigation shall be required for impacts equal to or exceeding 150 linear feet of perennial and intermittent streams or impacts equal to or exceeding one acre of wetlands.
  • For linear public transportation projects, mitigation shall be required for impacts equal to or exceeding 150 linear feet per stream or one acre of wetlands.

 

For impacts to federally jurisdictional waters requiring compensatory mitigation, information on mitigation options can be viewed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mitigation Web Site.

 

Templates & Guidance 

Compensatory Stream and Wetland Mitigation in North Carolina: An evaluation of regulatory success 

Proposed Regulatory Guidance for the Calculation of Stream and Buffer Mitigation Credit for Buffer Widths Different From Standard Minimum Widths 
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Use of mitigation located in the Little Tennessee to compensate for permitted impacts in the Little Tennessee 

Expanded service area for mitigating impacts within the Lower Catawba River Basin 

Revised Credit Release Schedule for Forested Wetlands 

 

Private Bank & In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Availability

  • The Corps of Engineers provides a national system for mitigation information. To access the Regional Internet Bank Information Tracking System (RIBITS) to determine availability of stream and wetland credits and mitigation options, click here.
  • The NC Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP)  provides assistance in meeting federal and state requirements for off-site compensatory wetland and stream mitigation. For information on the In-Lieu Fee mitigation programs offered by EEP, click here.

 

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