Wetland Mitigation and Restoration

Project Title: Atlantic County Lakes Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank
Project Location: Atlantic County, New Jersey
Project Client: Atlantic County Department of Regional Planning
Awards Received: Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for Healthy Ecosystems
Press Releases: Atlantic County Newsbrief
Additional Resources and Photos: Atlantic County Planning and Infrastructure
Additional Media: Atlantic County Wetland Mitgation Bank Video

Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants, Inc. (ASGECI) was contracted by Atlantic County Department of Planning and Engineering to develop a wetland mitigation bank for the purpose of providing compensatory wetland mitigation credits for anticipated Atlantic County bridge and intersection improvement or replacement projects. Initially, ASGECI reviewed the long-term mitigation needs of the County and conducted a mitigation site search to identify potentially suitable properties that could meet the County’s needs. After recommending several properties, the County purchased a 38-acre property, known as the Burman Property, containing agricultural lands along Lakes Creek in Egg Harbor Township. ASGECI subsequently was contracted to design and facilitate the approval of Lakes Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank pursuant to the NJDEP and USACE Mitigation Banking guidelines

The Lakes Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank project included design of conceptual and final wetland mitigation plans and the development and approval of mitigation banking instrument (MBI) for a freshwater and tidal wetland mitigation bank to satisfy NJDEP Freshwater Wetland and Coastal Wetlands as well as USACE Section 404 wetland permit mitigation requirements for several Atlantic County bridge replacement and intersection improvement projects. ASGECI identified and evaluated suitable potential wetland mitigation sites. Atlantic County purchased one of the recommended sites. For the selected site ASGECI performed wetland delineation; hydrologic monitoring; soil sampling and analysis; a preliminary site assessment; oversight of cultural resources investigations; design of conceptual and final freshwater and tidal wetland mitigation plan; tidal stream channel design; development of specifications; coordination with the Interagency Review Team and other regulatory agencies including, NJDEP, USACE, NMFS, USEPA and USFWS; development and approval of the mitigation banking instrument (MBI). The Lakes Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank was approved January 2013. The final MBI approved 6.76 credits derived from the enhancement of 1.72 acres of tidal wetlands, creation of 4.7 acres of tidal wetlands, and the creation of 2.26 acres of freshwater wetlands. Over 25 acres of habitat was also preserved as part of the bank implementation. ASGECI also prepared successful NJDEP and USACE applications for a NJDEP Freshwater Wetlands General Permit, a Coastal General Permit and Tidelands Lease as well as authorization under USACE Nationwide Permit #27. This project is currently under construction. ASGECI is currently providing construction monitoring services and will also provide monitoring services post construction.

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