OUR INTEREST: ALTERNATIVE WETLANDS PROTECTION
Wetland Mitigation: The Project
This project is an excellent example of
the box". It demonstrates
that a fresh approach can be remarkable in its results.
believe that this approach provides a workable sustainability where the
environment and the economy share the highest priority." - Steve Dibbs,
Mitigating an impacted wetland is something corporations over the
world do every day. Mitigating
means that anyone changing a wetland has to do something to make up for it.
Some mitigation allows development to occur around the wetland (low
impact), a significant impact on wetlands can require the "new" wetlands
be created to replace those which are changed.
One problem that environmentalists have with this approach is that it
can take years for a wetland to mature, so a "new" wetland generally
does not provide the same habitat or environmental benefit as an existing
one. In response, Florida has
developed mitigation banking among other alternatives.
Mitigation banking allows a developer to set aside funds or property
to protect or restore mature wetlands in exchange for allowing some level of
impact. New alternatives need
to be considered.
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