What is Mitigation Banking?
Mitigation banking is the process of restoring streams, wetlands, & riparian buffers in order to compensate for unavoidable impacts to streams and wetlands at another location. When roads are built, subdivisions are erected, and other infrastructure developments take place, Federal & State regulations ensure that steps are taken to avoid, minimize, & offset environmental impacts. This process ensures that there is no net loss of environmentally sensitive areas. Once a stream or wetland has been restored to its natural state and function, credits can be generated and sold, and a conservation easement is placed over the project area to prevent any future degradation.