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Compensatory mitigation

Permittee responsible mitigation

In contrast to purchasing credits to satisfy compensatory mitigation requirements, individual permit applicants and exempt nonfederal wetland project proponents can complete their own mitigation projects. While not the preferred option stipulated under 218.36(3r)(b), Wis.Stats., this type of mitigation can result in significant ecological value to local watershed areas in which the wetland impact occurred. For wetland individual permit applicants, permittee responsible mitigation sites must be located inside the same Service Area Map watershed or within one-half mile of the wetland impact site. For exempt nonfederal wetland project proponents, sites must be located within the same compensation search area, which includes the geographical management unit (GMU), county and 20-mile radius of the wetland impact site.

In order to propose this type of mitigation the wetland individual permit applicant or exempt nonfederal wetland project proponent will need to prepare a draft Compensation Site Plan (CSP) in accordance with 2013 Guidelines for Wetland Compensatory Mitigation in Wisconsin (Version 1) Chapter 5 that meets all of the elements listed in the permittee responsible mitigation requirements document [PDF]. Applicants and project proponents 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 or project proponent may proceed with acquiring the necessary signatures for the required legal documents, including the conservation easement and financial assurances.

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Contact information
For further information regarding permittee responsible mitigation, contact:
DNR wetland mitigation
Last revised: Thursday July 19 2018