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Wetlands and Streams Mitigation

Compensatory Mitigation

When there is a proposed discharge into waters of the United States, the impact of the discharge must be avoided and minimized to the extent practicable. For unavoidable impacts, compensatory mitigation is required to replace the loss of aquatic resource (wetlands and streams) functions in the watershed.

Compensatory mitigation is defined as the restoration, creation, enhancement or, in exceptional cases, preservation of wetlands and/or other aquatic resources for the purpose of compensating for unavoidable impacts.

Regulations governing compensatory mitigation are designed to improve its effectiveness to replace lost aquatic resource functions and area, expand public participation in compensatory mitigation decision-making, and increase the efficiency and predictability of the mitigation project review process.

Learn more from EPA's Wetlands Compensatory Mitigation Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp., 288K, About PDF)

Types and Sources of Compensatory Mitigation

Stream Mitigation

The Region's stream resources are very important to EPA Region 7. The following documents provide information on improving stream mitigation projects:

EPA Region 7 Contact

For additional information on Region 7's activities in compensatory mitigation, please contact Jason Daniels at (913) 551-7443 or daniels.jason@epa.gov.

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