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Freshwater & Oceans

In-Lieu Fee Program Training Course

Sponsored by:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX

Facilitated by:
the Environmental Law Institute

September 13-14, 2011
The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Costa Mesa, CA

Training Course Materials

Day One, Tuesday, September 13

Welcome
  • John Kemmerer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX
  • Therese O'Rourke Bradford, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District
  • Jessica Wilkinson, Environmental Law Institute
Session I: Mitigation and the §404 Permitting Program
Session II: Procedural Steps & Timeline
Session III: The Compensation Planning Framework and Structuring an In-Lieu Fee Program
Session IV: Credit Determination
Session V: Monitoring & Performance Standards
Session VI: Advance Crediting

Day Two, Wednesday, September 14


Session VII: Financial Assurances (Performance Securities)

Session VIII: Long-Term Management Funding

Session IX: Developing a Fee Schedule

Wrap-Up and Closing Statements
  • Paul F. Amato, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX

Additional Resources

Association of State Wetland Managers. In-Lieu Fee Program Work Group.

Bartoldus, Candy C. 1999. "A Comprehensive Review of Wetland Assessment Procedures: A Guide for Wetland Practitioners." Environmental Concern, Inc.

California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) for Wetlands and Riparian Areas.

Fennessy, M. Siobhan, Amy D. Jacobs and Mary E. Kentula. January 2004. "Review of Rapid Methods for Assessing Wetland Condition." Environmental Protection Agency.

Hruby, Tom. August 2011. "Calculating Credits and Debits for Compensatory Mitigation in Eastern Washington - Operational Draft." Washington Department of Ecology.

Hruby, Tom. February 2011. "Calculating Credits and Debits for Compensatory Mitigation in Western Washington - Operational Draft." Washington Department of Ecology.

King, Dennis M. and Elizabeth W. Price. September 30, 2004. "Developing Defensible Wetland Mitigation Ratios: A Companion to 'The Five-Step Wetland Mitigation Ratio Calculator'." National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Scodari, Paul, Steve Martin, and Aaron Willis. June 2011. "Implementing Financial Assurance for Mitigation Project Success." Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Stein, Eric D., Fari Tabatabai and Richard F. Ambrose. "Wetland Mitigation Banking: A Framework for Crediting and Debiting." Environmental Management 16.3 (September 2000): 233-250.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. October 29, 2003. Model "Operational Guidelines for Creating or Restoring Wetlands that are Ecologically Self-Sustaining" for Aquatic Resource Impacts Under the Corps Regulatory Program Pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. RIBITS (Regulatory In-lieu fee and Bank Information Tracking System).

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. April 10, 2008. Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources; Final Rule.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Laboratory. April 2010. Hydrogeomorphic Approach for Assessing Wetlands Functions.

Wilkinson, Jessica. December 2009. "In-Lieu Fee Mitigation: Model Instrument Language and Resources." Environmental Law Institute.

Approved In-Lieu Fee Program Instruments