The New Federal Mitigation Rule sets equitable standards for permittee-responsible mitigation, mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs with a goal of promoting predictability and consistency in mitigation. This report provides a background on the Corps Regulatory Program and mitigation requirements per the new rule. In-lieu fee mitigation is covered extensively in this document. The USACE Jacksonville District is accepting applications from prospective sponsors for the establishment of a seagrass mitigation program. Everglades National Park may be a potential in-lieu fee program sponsor, as Florida Bay is exceptionally vulnerable to seagrass scarring and other anthropogenic threats. No in-kind mitigation currently exists for seagrass functional losses permitted by the Jacksonville District. The report applies the requirements of the New Federal Mitigation Rule to a potential seagrass in-lieu fee program in Florida Bay to demonstrate the process and likely challenges that may be involved in composing a mitigation plan for scar restoration projects.
Hammers, Jessica L., "In-lieu fee seagrass mitigation in accordance with the new Federal Mitigation Rule." (2010). Internship Reports (Restricted). 245.
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