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Northeast Minnesota Wetland Mitigation Inventory and Assessment

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Background

Wetland mitigation is often required when a construction project impacts a wetland. Wetland mitigation laws and rules are especially challenging in the 18 northeastern Minnesota counties that have more than 80 percent of their pre-settlement wetlands. In response to these challenges, the Board coordinated the development of the Northeastern Minnesota Wetland Management Strategy. This Strategy was completed in January 2007 and included 5 recommendations:

1) Regional wetland mitigation cooperative.

2) Conduct a regional wetland mitigation inventory.

3) Conduct a regional wetland mitigation siting study.

4) Conduct research on nontraditional wetland mitigation methods.

5) Update the National Wetland Inventory.

The Legislature in 2007 appropriated $375,000 to BWSR to implement two of these recommendations: Conduct a regional wetland mitigation inventory and conduct a regional wetland mitigation siting study. BWSR has contracted with Barr Engineering and Community GIG (Duluth) to complete this project. On July 10, 2008 a “Kick-Off” meeting was held in Grand Rapids to inform key stakeholders of the project plans and to seek their expertise and input. Below are the PowerPoint presentations used at this meeting.

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