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.
Hat tip to Mit Mail, who is looking to Massachusetts where a strict NNL policy dependent on on-site mitigation has backfired badly, leading the state to move toward third-party compensatory mitigation in search of better ecological results.
Hat tip to Mit Mail: An obscure lawsuit filed by a Matanuska Susitna wetlands mitigation bank could have national implications. The suit, now in Federal Claims Court, alleges breach of contract by the US Army Corps of Engineers, and land developers are closely watching the outcome.
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.
Law360, New York (November 03, 2014, 6:50 PM ET) -- The U.S. Court of Federal Claims dismissed a so-called wetland mitigation bank’s $1.4 million breach of contract suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday, finding that while the contract between the agency and bank was indeed valid, the lawsuit was filed eight years too late.
The latest delay of a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Glades Reservoir will likely cost Hall County hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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.
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.
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.
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.