WETLANDS AND HIGHWAYS: A NATURAL APPROACH

Wetlands can reduce flooding, control erosion, and improve water quality. They provide habitat for about one-third of all federally listed endangered plant and animal species and nesting spots for more than half of the Nation's migratory birds. They offer recreation, beauty, and visual "space". They're valuable, and they're vanishing. This booklet examines some solutions. One solution is mitigation banking. This is a system for balancing wetland losses against wetland gains. In this process, wetlands are restored, improved, or created by cooperative efforts. Under the "National Highway System" and "Surface Transportation Program" provisions of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), wetland banking projects are eligible for Federal funding support. This booklet presents some tips for potential mitigation bankers and provides details about ten mitigation projects that have received acclaim for their success, conscientiousness, and innovation.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 36 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00666251
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-PD-94-004
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 22 1994 12:00AM