In Kentucky, the US Army Corps of Engineers has released for Public Notice a recommendation that would change mitigation district boundaries throughout the entire state allowing for mitigation to occur in regions outside of the impact area. Currently, when a development results in the loss of streams or wetlands, the developer is required to mitigate for that loss, through stream/wetland restoration, purchase of mitigation credit or through payment of funds. Ideally, this mitigation would occur in close proximity to the impacts, but the new proposed mitigation districts have the potential to do just the opposite.
Under the new plan, the current Northern Kentucky mitigation district of nine (9) counties would expand to over twenty (20). As a result, impacts made in Boone, Kenton or Campbell County could be potentially mitigated for as far away as Lexington or Louisville, promoting the export of water resources and/or mitigation funds far away from where the impacts occur. The Watershed Action Team of Green Umbrella feels the potential exportation of these resources does not promote the sustainability of our region and that impacts in a watershed should be mitigated for as close as possible to that same watershed. The team feels strongly that the established research on the region’s water resources and available local agencies should be consulted prior to mitigation assessments. Read the statement released by the Watershed Action Team here.
Learn more and submit comments by March 12, 11:59 pm EST at https://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Public-Notices/Article/1716550/lrl-2018-01040/