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Sears Island Home| Preserve | MDOT's Wetland Mitigation Proposal | History

 

Maine Department of Transportation

Federal Umbrella Mitigation Banking

The Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) has proposed creating an Umbrella Wetland Mitigation Bank being reviewed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency overseeing federal wetland laws.  If approved by the Corps, MDOT would be able to fill wetlands far more easily than the Clean Water Act anticipated.  Of particular concern, portions of Sears Island might be proposed to the Corps as "credits" to mitigate wetland alteration or destruction elsewhere by MDOT projects.  All proposals to the Corps must adhere to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and are open for public comment and involvement.

The MDOT mitigation proposal fails to (1) provide specific required information, (2) demonstrate MDOT qualifications as a bank sponsor and (3) substantiate the claim that the bank would provide appropriate compensatory mitigation.  The proposal should therefore be rejected.

As for Sears Island, the Joint Use Planning Committee, is simply reviewing possible on-island options for wetlands mitigation, nothing will be evaluated or reccomended.

Read comments submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the proposed bank by:

Maine Chapter Sierra Club

Penobscot Bay Alliance

Isleboro Island Trust

 

 
 
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