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2016 In Review

MM is proud to announce the following accomplishments that took place during the calendar year 2016.  We hope that all of our customers, partners, and regulatory agencies have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2017!

In 2016, MM:

  1. Provided compensatory mitigation solutions to over 100 projects in 13 service areas across Georgia.  MM was also proud to be the primary mitigation provider for two pipeline projects in 2016:  the Sabal Trail pipeline in Southwest Georgia and the Dalton Expansion pipeline in Northwest Georgia.
  2. Successfully completed final monitoring requirements and achieved final performance standards on two compensatory mitigation banks.
  3. Was selected as part of a team to provide compensatory mitigation for the Georgia Alabama Land Trust ILF Program in the Withlacoochee basin in connection with the Tired Creek Reservoir in Grady County.  MM is acting as the agent and lead ecologist for the proposed Jackson Farms ILF Project.  Other team members include Jackson Farms Holdings, LLC (the mitigation site landowner) and Ecosystem Planning and Restoration as the lead stream designer.  This project is the largest stream restoration effort ever to be undertaken by an ILF Program in the Savannah District.
  4. Completed implementation of the Etowah River Road Mitigation Bank (ERRMB) in Dawson County, GA.  The ERRMB will result in the restoration and protection of over 160 acres of critical habitat, wetlands, and riparian buffers of the Etowah River and its tributaries.  The project will also result in over 6,300 linear feet of stream restoration and 60,000 tree plantings.  Drone footage of the bank site following completion of construction can be viewed by clicking here.
  5. Welcomed a new Environmental Scientist to the team in our Forsyth office.  Ethan Roberson is an environmental scientist with a background in aquatic biology. He has earned a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Georgia College & State University resulting in published work on the Oconee Burrowing Crayfish, Cambarus truncatus, in Freshwater Crayfish.  Ethan is also a competitive BBQ smoker - fingers crossed for some good BBQ in 2017...

In January 2017, Trey Evans and Matt Peevy will be celebrating their 10th year in mitigation banking.  Trey and Matt co-founded Mitigation Resource Group, which sponsors 14 mitigation projects in Georgia, in January 2007.

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MITIGATION MANAGEMENT RESTORES HISTORIC WETLANDS AND STREAMS IN ETOWAH RIVER BASIN

October 20, 2015 – Atlanta, GA. – Mitigation Management (MM) has obtained the necessary federal, state, and local permits to improve habitat and water quality on 164 acres of wetlands, streams, and riparian buffers along the Etowah River in Dawson County, Georgia. The project, known as the Etowah River Road Mitigation Bank (ERRMB), is the first commercial mitigation bank permitted by U.S Army Corps of Engineers in Georgia since mid 2013. ERRMB is a commercial bank providing wetland and stream mitigation credits in its designated service area to offset unavoidable impacts to waters of the United States that result from activities authorized under section 404 of the Clean Water Act.  The landowner and bank sponsor for the ERRMB is Mitigation Resource Group, LLC (MRG), a joint venture between principals of MM and Fox Creek.

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Merger Announcement

Mitigation Management is excited to announced our merger with Headwater Science effective January 1st, 2015.  Please select "view post" in the upper right corner above to read more.

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Environmental Credit Trading at Wildwood Farm, Virginia - YouTube

This story takes you to Appomattox, Virginia where a farmer is using an innovative approach to keeping runoff out of the Chesapeake Bay.


By planting trees on retired cropland, the farmer is helping to filter pollutants from streams in the watershed – and those benefits are sold as credits to developers, who must address water quality in state construction projects.

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Reversing Course on Beavers - NYTimes.com

Once routinely trapped and shot as varmints, their dams obliterated by dynamite and bulldozers, beavers are getting new respect these days. Across the West, they are being welcomed into the landscape as a defense against the withering effects of a warmer and drier climate.

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EPA names new No. 2

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is bringing back a retired leader from its Atlanta office to be the No. 2 official for the agency.

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$35 Million in Grants to Boost State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced nearly $35 million in grants to 20 states to enable collaborative efforts to conserve many of America’s imperiled species, ranging from the red cockaded woodpecker in the Southeast to a variety of bat species in the Midwest to a colorful flower in the Rocky Mountains.

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Why TNC and JPMorgan Chase are investing $1 billion in nature

The Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase have a bold goal: Raise $1 billion over the next three years toward projects that protect agriculture, fisheries, water and land. These power brokers in conservation and finance seek nothing less than to create a mainstream market for investment in ecological conservation.

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Advisers, lawmakers push for marsh buffer

State and Savannah area lawmakers, along with a panel of citizens charged with advising the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, are calling for the restoration of recently revoked protections to the state’s salt marsh.

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Private investment may be another avenue to wetlands restoration

A $181 million fund to restore a large portion of the East Orleans Land Bridge didn’t come from local, state or federal government.

The money to dredge sediment and rebuild marsh is from a private investment. It’s just one example of what America’s Wetland Foundation would like to see more of for certain coastal restoration projects that could get done faster and cheaper than through the federal process.

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Growing Green - Georgia Trend

From water conservation and reducing our use of petroleum-based fuels to recycling and finding renewable energy sources, Georgia’s environmental successes are impressive. As green practices continue to become more standard in the construction and development industries, Atlanta is ahead of the pack. The city is a partner in the Better Buildings Challenge, a national leadership initiative with a goal of making the country’s commercial, multifamily and industrial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. Taking it one step further, Atlanta added an extra 20 percent goal to reduce water use by 2020.

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First Stream Buffer Credits Sold in Georgia

In January 2011 the Georgia Environmental Protection Division updated its Stream Buffer Guidance to include the provision that applicants impacting buffer variances purchase credits from USACE approved mitigation banks.

Mitigation Management is pleased to announce that it negotiated the first three stream buffer variance credit sales in the state in October 2011.

The first two purchases in the state were by Henry County from the Honey Creek mitigation bank. This Upper Ocmulgee bank is owned by the Monastery of the Holy Spirit.

The third sale, purchased by Gwinnett County, was from the Wauka Mountain mitigation bank in the Upper Chattahoochee basin. This bank is owned by Mitigation Resource Group.

Mitigation Management looks forward to the continued successful implementation of the revised stream buffer guidance and applauds EPD for utilizing USACE mitigation banks. 

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