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LRH 2021-00881-GAU & LRH 2022-00145-GAU

Published June 15, 2022
Expiration date: 6/27/2022

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a virtual public information meeting will be conducted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).  Details concerning the public information meeting are provided below.

SUBJECT:  West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Stream and Wetland Mitigation Program Site proposal and Allstar Ecology’s Mitigation Bank Site proposal located approximately 1.5 miles northwest of Meadow Bluff, in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

PURPOSE:  To provide information as it relates to mitigation banking and in-lieu fee programs and the Corps’ Regulatory role for processing ecosystem restoration proposals.

DATE:  June 27, 2022

TIME:   A virtual, informal informational meeting will be conducted between 3:30-5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:   Recognizing the health and safety concerns associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the Health Protection Conditions that limit occupancy of District office facilities, it has been determined that the public information meeting will be held on the WebEx virtual platform. Participants may participate either by telephone and/or computer.

You may join the meeting 10 minutes prior.  To join the meeting, click or copy and paste the link into an internet browser (e.g., Chrome, Firefox) : https://usace1.webex.com/usace1/j.php?MTID=m6b146428a0d85376310ea734a3a690d5

Meeting number: 2763 610 5187

Password: XhyEv5UP@36

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BACKGROUND:  On December 16, 2021, a Public Notice (PN) was issued for the WVDEP ILF’s proposed Meadow Bluff ILF site and on February 22, 2022, a PN was issued for Allstar Ecology’s proposed Meadow Bluff mitigation bank site.  Both notices were issued to solicit comments from the public, Federal, state, and local agencies and officials, Indian Tribes, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the proposed mitigation sites.  Based on comments received for both public notices, this office has determined that a public information meeting will be held in order to provide additional information related to the Corps’ Regulatory role in processing ecosystem restoration proposals.

Mitigation banks are defined as a site, or suite of sites, where aquatic resources (e.g. wetlands, streams, riparian areas) are restored, established, enhanced, and/or preserved for the purpose of providing compensatory mitigation for impacts authorized by Department of the Army (DA) permits pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (Section 10) and/or Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (Section 404).

An ILF site is defined as a site, or suite of sites where a program restores, re-establishes, enhances and/or preserves aquatic resources (e.g. wetlands, streams, riparian areas) through funds paid to it as a governmental or non-profit natural resources management entity to satisfy compensatory mitigation requirements for DA permits pursuant to Section 10 and/or Section 404. 

Both ILF and mitigation banks sell compensatory mitigation credits to permittees whose obligation to provide compensatory mitigation is then transferred to the ILF or bank program sponsor. The Corps is responsible for authorizing the use of a particular mitigation bank or ILF program on a project-specific basis and determining the number and availability of credits required to compensate for proposed impacts.

All interested parties are invited to be present at the above time and place, including officials of any local government or any association in order to better understand the Corps’ Regulatory process and mitigation hierarchy framework.  Attendees will be given the opportunity to express views concerning the proposed ILF and/or mitigation bank sites.

All statements, both oral and written, will become a part of the official record.  This public information meeting is being conducted to assist in our evaluation of the proposed activities and the public interest.