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Compensatory mitigation

Permittee responsible mitigation

In contrast to purchasing credits to satisfy compensatory mitigation requirements, individual permit applicants can complete their own mitigation site projects. While not the preferred avenue stipulated under 218.36(3r)(b), Wis.Stats. [exit DNR], this type of mitigation can result in significant ecological value to local watershed areas in which the unavoidable adverse wetland impact occurred. Permittee responsible mitigation sites must be located inside the same Service Area Map [PDF] watershed or within one-half mile of the unavoidable adverse wetland impact site.

In order to propose this type of mitigation the wetland individual permit applicant will need to prepare a draft Compensation Site Plan (CSP) in accordance with 2013 Guidelines for Wetland Compensatory Mitigation in Wisconsin (Version 1) [PDF] Chapter 5 that meets all of the elements listed in the permittee responsible mitigation requirements document [PDF]. Applicants may want to hire an experienced consultant to help meet the detailed requirements for planning, design, construction and monitoring associated with completing a site. Once the CSP has been approved by the Wetland Mitigation Coordinator, the applicant may proceed with acquiring the necessary signatures for the required legal documents, including the conservation easement [PDF] and financial assurances.

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Contact information
For further information regarding permittee responsible mitigation, contact:
Pam Schense
Wetland mitigation coordinator
Last revised: Wednesday February 19 2014