Accession Number : ADA288554

Title :   Expanding Opportunities for Successful Wetland Mitigation: The Private Credit Market Alternative,

Corporate Author : VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INST BLACKSBURG

Personal Author(s) : Shabman, Leonard ; Scodari, Paul ; King, Dennis

PDF Url : ADA288554

Report Date : JAN 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 78

Abstract : This report explains the concept and functioning of private markets in wetland mitigation credits; describes the potential to help the Federal wetland regulatory program achieve the national goal of no-net-loss in wetland function and acreage; and explains the regulatory conditions necessary for the widespread emergence and ecological success of this mitigation alternative. This report was prepared as a part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources National Wetland Mitigation Banking Study. The vast majority of mitigation banks today are single-user banks--largely developed to provide the sponsor's compensatory mitigation needs. By contrast, private mitigation credit markets would encourage entrepreneurs to establish commercial mitigation banks from which credits would be sold to wetland developers in need of compensatory mitigation. Such markets could help the nation achieve no-net-loss of wetlands by increasing the opportunity to obtain successful compensatory mitigation for permitted wetland losses.

Descriptors :   *ECONOMIC IMPACT, *WATER POLLUTION, *WETLANDS, *COMPENSATION, COMMERCE, MARKET RESEARCH, COST ANALYSIS, ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, WATERSHEDS, SITE INVESTIGATIONS, BANKS(WATERWAYS), REGULATIONS.

Subject Categories : Ecology
      Water Pollution and Control
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE