WI Wetland Conservation Trust In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program (WWCT)
The Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust (WWCT) is an in-lieu fee (ILF) wetland mitigation program that utilizes revenue generated through the sale of mitigation credits to fund wetland restoration projects to compensate for lost wetland functions in accordance with a watershed approach.
Who can apply
Public agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations, Wisconsin tribes, environmental consultants, any entity registered with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, or any Wisconsin landowners may apply for a grant under the WWCT grant program.
If an applicant is the primary party implementing the project, then the applicant must provide their qualifications and a list of projects completed within the last 10 years. If an applicant plans to hire professional contractors or consultants to implement the project, then qualifications of the contractors or consultants must also be included with the grant application, including a list of wetland restoration projects completed within the last 10 years.
Where is the program offered?
The WWCT Program is available throughout the entire state of Wisconsin, depending on available funding. The state is broken into 12 separate Service Areas based on watersheds consistent with those utilized for mitigation banking and permittee responsible mitigation.
The following table shows the Service Areas where funding is available for wetland restoration projects as part of the 2017-2018 RFP. Additional credits may be sold in any service area at any time, so please contact the WWCT Program Coordinator for for updates on additional funding or additional Service Areas available before submitting an application.
|Service Area Name||Service Area HUC||Minimum Service Area Credit Generation||Total Project Funds Available|
|Northwestern Lake Michigan||HUC-040301||7||$372,348|
|Southwestern Lake Michigan||HUC-040400||7||$358,359|
The WWCT is also looking to identify future projects in the Upper Miss.-Black-Root, Lower Wisconsin, and Rock Service Areas as we anticipate further sales in these areas soon. Again, please contact the WWCT Program Coordinator for updates.
The deadline for applications is 4:00pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
How to apply
Applications will only be accepted using the ‘Submit by Email…’ button and the corresponding instructions described on page 1 of the WWCT Grant Application.
Please review the WWCT Project Application Scoring Criteria in the WWCT Program Guidance to see how applications will be scored.
Pursuant to NR 734, Wis. Admin. Code, the WWCT has created a process to identify wetland consultants interested in providing design/build services for specific ILF mitigation projects. The first step in this process was for the WWCT to create a list of wetland consultants who are interested in receiving requests for qualifications (RFQs) for wetland mitigation services. As mitigation projects requiring consultant services are identified, the WWCT would notice RFQs for those projects to consultants on the wetland consultant list. The current list of consultants is here:
To be added to this list, please fill out and submit the WWCT Wetland Consultant Data Record Form:
This new NR 734 process is not meant to replace the standard WWCT application process (see the “How to apply” tab for our standard application), but will be used on an as-needed basis, when viable WWCT projects have not been identified using the standard WWCT application process.