Now these rare and important ecosystems are increasingly protected under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and other voluntary federal programs. The Earth Partners supports preservation, restoration, and creation of these resources by helping private companies and government agencies develop solutions for their wetland and stream mitigation needs.
The Earth Partners can provide a variety of solutions for Clean Water Act 404 permits, tailored to the needs of each permittee. This includes individual “permittee responsible mitigation” (PRM) projects as well as readily-available “mitigation bank” credits.
Mitigation banks produce wetland or stream credits that can be purchased and used to meet 404 permit requirements. These banks ensure any impacts to wetlands or streams within a given watershed are offset with equal or greater aquatic ecological services elsewhere, supporting ongoing water filtration, transport, and critical habitat for wildlife and plants.
To learn more about how The Earth Partners can support your mitigation needs, contact us here. The Earth Partners’ wetland and stream mitigation portfolio is currently operating and expanding in coastal Texas and is rapidly expanding in other parts of the country.
The Earth Partners’ mitigation platform develops and acquires “mitigation banks” that provide private developers and public agencies cost-effective solutions for addressing wetland and stream impacts in high-growth U.S. regions. Mitigation banks are areas of re-established, restored, and preserved wetlands and streams that generate “credits”, which can be bought by anyone needing to meet Clean Water Act permit requirements. The Earth Partners’ mitigation portfolio currently includes two banks which are generating over 5,000 wetland credits and 100,000 stream credits. These banks are conserving and restoring over 2,200 acres in the greater Houston area. This includes over 3,500 tidal wetland credits, the only source of tidal credits in coastal Texas to date. The Earth Partners will continue to add to the portfolio with banks currently under development and in regions across the country.
The GCPMB is based in Chambers County, in the greater Houston metropolitan area—the second fastest growing city in the United States. It serves four watersheds surrounding Galveston Bay.
GCPMB is restoring 1,850 acres of wetland and tidal habitat. The bank includes freshwater marsh, tidal marsh, tidal flats, open water, and tidal stream habitats.
Tidal and freshwater non-forested wetland credits are now available. For information on credit sales, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.View Project
The HCMB is one of the largest stream mitigation banks in the state of Texas, offsetting stream impacts in the rapidly growing corridor between north Houston and the city of Conroe. HCMB will restore 30,000 linear feet of stream, generating 110,000 credits over the coming years. Stream credits are now available. For information on credit sales, contact email@example.com.
The HCMB site can also support stream and wetland permittee responsible mitigation (PRM) sites. Large and small, forested and non-forested wetland PRM opportunities are available. Several PRM projects have already been successfully completed on the site. Stream credit PRM sites are also available.View Project
Tarkington Bayou Mitigation Bank (TBMB)
The TBMB is co-located with the Houston Conroe stream site. Both banks provide enhanced and protected water resources in the greater north Houston area. TBMB is a wetland and stream mitigation bank covering more than 1,400 acres, restoring and enhancing 483 acres of impaired wetlands, establishing 137 acres of new wetlands, re-establishing a hydrologic connection to 101 acres of previously isolated wetlands and improving the function of 5.4 miles of streams. Forested and non-forested wetland credits and stream credits are now available. For information on credit sales, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TBMB site can also support stream and wetland permittee responsible mitigation (PRM) sites. Large and small, forested and non-forested wetland, and stream, PRM opportunities are available. Several PRM projects have already been successfully completed on the site.
Spindletop Bayou Mitigation Bank (SMB)
Spindletop Mitigation Bank (SMB) is a pending 260+ acre mitigation bank that will provide compensatory mitigation for projects in the Beaumont/Port Arthur region.
Located in southeast Liberty County, SMB is anticipated to generate forested wetland credits for impacts in the East Galveston Bay, Lower Trinity, and Sabine Lake HUCs.
Prior to the initial release of credits anticipated in 2020, Spindletop is part of a larger 400 acre tract that can serve as a permittee responsible mitigation (PRM) site.View Project