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potential wetlands on your property to help understand the ecological value of your property and to help design projects.
wetlands through land use planning, acquisition and wetland protection laws.
wetlands to improve wetland health and function and by re-establishing destroyed wetlands.
wetland losses through restoration, enhancement and establishment.
Contact information
For further information regarding the Wisconsin ILF wetland mitigation program, contact:
Josh Brown
In-lieu Fee Coordinator

Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust — Learn Program overview


The Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust (WWCT) is a statewide wetland mitigation in-lieu fee (ILF) program sponsored and administered by the Wisconsin DNR. Operational since November 2014, the WWCT allows permittees with unavoidable wetland impacts to mitigate through the purchase of credits. The program is available in all watersheds in Wisconsin.

WWCT program diagram

Credit fees are used to restore, establish, enhance, or preserve wetlands within the same watershed as the impact. The WWCT operates in 12 Service Areas, or major watersheds, across Wisconsin. Fees from several scattered wetland impacts are used for wetland restoration projects to provide for lost ecological values and functions. Read our annual reports for a summary of program activity.

The WWCT has prioritized restoration need according to Service Area by using tools such as the Wetlands and Watersheds Explorer and writing these priorities into the Compensation Planning Framework of the Program Instrument.

WWCT service area map

ILF service areas

The WWCT also tracks credit sales by HUC8 watersheds to ensure consistency with requirements in 2019 Wisconsin Act 59 and provide transparency in mitigation decision-making.

WI HUC8 Watershed Map

Project grants are generally awarded to proponents through a competitive rolling Request for Proposal (RFP) application process. Available funding amounts and credit needs for new projects are posted at the beginning of each quarter. The WWCT has 13 total projects with 6 in the development and review phase and 7 beginning monitoring for performance standards in 2020.

Regulatory Structure

The WWCT ILF program is regulated by an Interagency Review Team (IRT) made up of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2014, the IRT approved the WWCT Instrument, the guiding document for all policies and procedures for the program. The Wisconsin DNR sponsors the program, coordinating credit sales, mitigation projects, and all administration of the program.

Contact information
For further information regarding the Wisconsin ILF wetland mitigation program, contact:
Josh Brown
In-lieu Fee Coordinator
Last revised: Thursday December 12 2019