Mitigation Bank Credit
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The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is required to implement seepage control measures and repair levee slides along the Mississippi River Levee (MRL) in Dyer and Lake Counties, Tennessee, to repair and prevent future levee stability issues. During project review, it has been determined that a total of approximately 3.3 acres of forested wetlands, 0.85 acres of farmed wetland, 0.14 acres of mowed/maintained wetlands along the landside toe of the levee, and 8 acres of non-wet treed area will be impacted by the proposed project. The Clean Water Act, the Water Resources Development Act, Rule 33 CFR ?332, the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation Rule, et al. require that compensatory mitigation is completed to offset unavoidable impacts incurred due to a water resources project. An Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit (ARAP) issued by the Tennessee Department of Environmental Quality required compensatory mitigation entailing the restoration of 27 acres of forested BLH wetlands (11 acres due to wetland impacts and 16 acres due to non-wet tree clearing). Where appropriate, USACE considers purchase of credits from approved mitigation banks and in-lieu-fee programs in the impacted watershed to be a reasonable compensatory mitigation alternative.