Compensation Planning Framework

June 19, 2013 12:27 pm — 12:27 pm

The In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Training Webinar Series was designed to help states, tribes, and local governments; conservation organizations; and other interested groups develop or refine rigorous in-lieu-fee programs that yield ecologically effective and sustainable compensatory mitigation. The series of webinars focuses on specific subjects, providing in-depth technical support on the topics of most interest to participants. The topics were chosen with the assistance of an Advisory Committee based on an assessment of the needs of states, tribes, and local governments and conservation organizations seeking approval for or overseeing the approval of statewide or regional in-lieu fee programs.

Compensation Planning Framework

The in-lieu fee program instrument must include a compensation planning framework. The compensation planning framework is used to guide the selection of specific compensation projects and must support a watershed approach to compensatory mitigation. The compensation planning framework must include ten elements: 1) A description of the geographic service area, 2) A description of threats, 3) An analysis of historic resource loss, 4) An analysis of current resource conditions, 5) A description of the aquatic resource goals and objectives for each service area, 6) A prioritization strategy, 7) Justification of preservation objectives, 8) A description of stakeholder involvement, 9) A description of long-term protection and management strategies, and 10) A strategy for periodic evaluation and reporting.

For this webinar, Steve Martin (US Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources) gave an overview of the framework requirements, including goals and objectives and a prioritization strategy. Eric Held (Ducks Unlimited), Karen Johnson (Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund), and Ruth Ladd (US Army Corps of Engineers New England District) discussed examples of successful frameworks.


  • Steve Martin, US Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources
  • Eric Held, Ducks Unlimited
  • Karen Johnson, Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund
  • Ruth Ladd, US Army Corps of Engineers New England District


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