Session 14: In Lieu Fee, Mitigation Options

c) Clean Water Act In-Lieu Fee Programs with Habitat Conservation Plans in Northern California

Friday, May 12
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Room 308

This case study will present three examples of proposed Clean Water Act in-lieu fee programs (ILFs) developed in conjunction with existing large-scale habitat conservation planning (HCP) efforts in areas experiencing significant development pressure California’s Central Valley. The study will discuss various considerations that Corps Regulators face when evaluating these proposals and balancing the needs of the resource, agencies, and stakeholders. Topics covered will include: developing the compensation planning framework, Interagency Review Team (IRT) composition, ILF fund management, site selection criteria, defining credits (type and amount), considering existing mitigation banks/ILFs, habitat monitoring, etc. This case study can be beneficial for land management entities, conservation organizations, federal and state agencies, and mitigation providers. Audience feedback will be sought to identify considerations from the banking community to scope large-scale watershed and species conservation planning efforts.

Krystel Bell

Mitigation Banking Specialist, Sacramento District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Krystel Bell serves as the Mitigation Banking Specialist for the Sacramento District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ms. Bell has been with the Sacramento District since April 2009. Currently, Ms. Bell chairs the Interagency Review Team for multiple mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs and works on several of the District’s most complex regulatory actions. Prior to working for the Sacramento District, Ms. Bell worked as an environmental consultant and acted as a local representative for a County‐level environmental program. Ms. Bell has extensive knowledge of how Regulatory decisions can affect developers, conservationists, and the general public. Her ability to communicate effectively with applicants, the public, federal, state and local agencies, and peers in the regulatory community has lead to productive collaborative approaches in resolution of complex regulatory issues.

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