How The Nature Conservancy’s In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program is Working to Raise the Bar

Apr 22, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Ohio Watershed Network Webinar Series present How The Nature Conservancy’s In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program is Working to Raise the Bar. This webinar will present details regarding The Nature Conservancy’s ILF program and discuss ways in which the water resource community can be involved.
 
The Clean Water Act operates on a principle of “no net loss” to our nation’s streams and wetlands. This requires that any impacts to jurisdictional waters must be offset by compensatory mitigation.  In the past those seeking permits for impacts to aquatic resources outside of mitigation bank service areas were required to perform their own compensatory mitigation, and monitor and maintain it for several years. These small, scattered, and often poorly located projects have had a large failure rate.
 
As a sponsor of a new, statewide In-Lieu Fee stream and wetland mitigation program, TNC is responsible for the oversight, and implementation of mitigation projects. TNC seeks to partner with state and local agencies and non-profit organizations to find the projects that do the most good for the watershed.

Register for this webinar by noon on April 20 by sending Joe Bonnell at bonnell.8@osu.edu an email.
 
BIO --
Devin Schenk is the Mitigation Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), where he is responsible for running TNC’s state-wide Stream and Wetland In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program. Devin has worked in the field of stream and wetland mitigation for over 14 years in California, Kentucky, and Ohio. Devin received his B.S. from the University of Cincinnati, Masters in Environmental Sciences from Miami University of Ohio, and Juris Doctorate from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law.