Bringing Back the Wetlands
In November 2013, the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust became an authorized in-lieu fee mitigation program sponsor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -Savannah District. In-Lieu Fee Mitigation (ILF) is part of the Corps’ resource mitigation program intended to provide off-sets through restoration and protection of protected water resources. This program is essential to the successful implementation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404, which seeks to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Nation's waters.
In-Lieu Fee is one of the means employed by the USACE to provide compensatory mitigation and satisfy the longstanding national goal of ‘‘no net loss’’ of wetland acreage.
CREDIT PURCHASE STEPS:
- Confirm credit availability and submit a permit application to the Savannah District requesting use of GALT-ILF.
- Corp reviews and determines if use of GALT-ILF is acceptable.
- Permittee provides GALT with permit, credit worksheets, and documentation of District approval to use GLT-ILF.
- Permittee purchases credit(s) and transfers funds to the GALT-ILF program.
- GALT and Permittee sign and date a credit sale letter to the District recording the purchase.
- January 2017 ILG Credit Pricing Schedule
GALT-ILF funds will be used on mitigation projects within the same service area as the Corps-permitted unavoidable impact, except at the discretion of the Corps. Requests for proposals to apply for future Program funds will be made periodically.
Non-profit conservation organizations, environmental consultants, and government agencies are all potential partners on mitigation projects.