Status of Stream Compensatory Mitigation

July 10, 2018 3:00 pm — 4:30 pm

ELI is hosting a series of webinars on the policy, practice, and science of stream compensatory mitigation. Webinar topics are based on the findings and recommendations of the 2017 report Stream Mitigation: Science, Policy, and Practice and selected in coordination with an Advisory Committee of stream mitigation experts. The series will cover a range of issues from assessing stream functions and conditions to restoration approaches and long-term success of compensation projects. This ten-part series is funded by an EPA Wetland Program Development Grant.

Stream Compensatory Mitigation Webinar Series: Status of Stream Compensatory Mitigation

Stream compensation is on the rise. The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) reported that in 2005, 12 percent of all approved mitigation banks provided stream credits. By the end of 2014, 22 percent of all approved mitigation banks had stream credits (USACE, Institute for Water Resources, 2015). The science of stream restoration is also rapidly evolving, as is the development of state and Corps policies governing stream assessment and compensation requirements. Several states have formalized stream mitigation programs, the majority of which were initiated after the Corps and EPA issued regulations in 2008, and at least 32 stream mitigation guidance documents have been developed by states and Corps districts across the country. This webinar reviewed the current status of stream compensatory mitigation policy and practice throughout the United States. This is the first event in our 10-part Stream Compensatory Mitigation Webinar Series.

Rebecca Kihslinger, Environmental Law Institute
Steve Martin, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Institute for Water Resources
Brian Topping, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jeanne Christie and Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers


Additional Information/Resources:
Visit ELI's resource page, The State of Stream Compensatory Mitigation: Science, Policy, and Practice