Session 15: Banking in Urban and Suburban Settings

b) Urban Mitigation - Keeping Banks and ILF Sites Local

Friday, May 12
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Room 311/312

Abstract: Studies have documented the ecological benefits of providing compensation for adverse impacts to aquatic resources at larger, contiguous sites that preserve and provide diverse and complex systems and ecological functions at a landscape scale. However, the high cost and lack of availability of large, ecologically appropriate tracts of land in urban/suburban settings has meant that Mitigation Banks and ILF receiving sites are often located in rural areas, frequently at a great distance from the context and location of the impacts. There is concern that the net result is exporting ecological functions from urban/suburban locations to rural areas. This presentation will use examples of urban/suburban Mitigation Banks and ILF sites in Washington State to discuss the ecological and societal benefits, along with the challenges, of locating Banks and ILF sites in urban/suburban settings. The presentation will also touch on why these urban/suburban settings are well suited for Umbrella Banks and ILF Programs, as well as addressing cumulative impacts in our watersheds.

Suzanne Anderson

Mitigation Program, Regulatory Branch, Seattle District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Suzanne Anderson, PhD, PWS, is member of the Regulatory Branch Mitigation Program, Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She is an active member of State-wide Policy Interagency Review Teams (IRTs) for In Lieu Fee Programs and for Wetland Mitigation and Conservation Banking; as well as all IRTs for individual Mitigation Banks and In Lieu Fee Programs. Additional duties include template development and implementation; Mitigation Bank and ILF Program review, coordination, documentation, data entry, compliance, enforcement, tracking, and field inspections; and training and assisting Regulatory staff on all things related to mitigation and restoration, wetland delineation, and wetland rating/functional assessment. Outside of the Corps, Suzanne is an instructor for the Wetland Restoration and Field Botany portion of the University of Washington’s Wetland Science and Management Certificate Program. Prior to joining the Corps, she was in academia (PhD in Plant Physiology) and consulting (Professional Wetland Scientist) where her emphasis was on designing, implementing, and monitoring successful restoration and mitigation plans for freshwater and estuarine wetlands, riparian corridors, and upland buffers.

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