Daisy Mitigation Bank
Rains County, Texas
EMH&T assisted our client in obtaining regulatory approval to establish a wetland and stream mitigation bank in Rains County, Texas. Our services in this effort included navigating the Interagency Review Team (IRT) process, led by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Ft. Worth District and composed of representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Railroad Commission of Texas. The IRT process involved several steps of site analysis, documentation and regulatory negotiation, beginning with the development of an initial bank prospectus or concept. Following the approval of the prospectus, an instrument describing the physical and legal characteristics of the bank was prepared. The instrument also detailed the manner in which the bank was established and operated by the Bank Sponsor, as well as the bank’s geographic service area. Finally, a comprehensive mitigation plan and restoration design was produced. Numerous ancillary assessments and planning efforts, including baseline wetland and stream delineation, habitat assessments, hydrologic studies, reference data collection, conceptual and final engineering, and planting plans were also conducted by EMH&T to develop the bank project. The Daisy Mitigation Bank was the first bank within the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Ft. Worth District to offer credits generated by the actual restoration of stream channels rather than through riparian corridor improvements.