Wetland Mitigation & Restoration

Cardno works with clients to help develop successful wetland mitigation solutions.

Depending on project specific circumstances, we work with clients to develop onsite mitigation solutions that provide both aesthetic interest and additional function to a project, benefiting both our client and the environment. When the solution is off-site, Cardno works cooperatively with land trusts, parks departments, or willing private landowners to reduce land costs for clients and provide sustainable environmental benefits.

Wetland mitigation plans typically include:

  • grading plan
  • planting plan
  • monitoring plan
  • mitigation plan outlining goals and objectives

We involve and engage federal, state, and local regulatory authorities early in the process to design and implement projects that meet all the current requirements.

Wetland mitigation banks offer an alternative way to mitigate impacts to wetlands, allowing clients to purchase credits in a mitigation bank rather than creating new wetlands. Cardno designed, permitted, constructed, planted, and monitored the first two full-scale entrepreneurial wetland banks in Indiana. Cardno also designed and permitted Michigan's first wetland mitigation bank, located in the Upper Peninsula. In addition, we have completed mitigation bank feasibility studies for other sites in the Midwest.

Wetland mitigation monitoring, required as a permit condition, is critical for overall project success. We annually monitor and evaluate our wetland mitigation projects over a three-to-five year period, depending upon the monitoring requirements of the permitting agencies. We look at specific success criteria defined in the mitigation plan and also make recommendation on whether management activities such as supplemental plantings, additional water control, or exotic species management are needed. Identifying and addressing management needs early improves the overall success rate for wetland mitigation projects and ultimately reduces costs.

These services are provided as part of permit requirements, whether for Clean Water Act Sections 401 or 404, or for state wetland permitting requirements.