Caton Creek Stream & Wetland Mitigation Bank
Mitigation banks are created in an effort to restore and enhance degraded aquatic and terrestrial systems and preserve high-quality resources from future adverse impacts. HDR | ICA has entered into a partnership with MeadWestvaco (MWV) to create the Caton Creek Stream and Wetland Mitigation Bank which is the first stream and wetland mitigation bank in the Lowcountry of South Carolina (near Charleston). MWV is responsible for providing land for the bank and we're responsible for all technical findings, technical documentation, meetings, construction, planting, monitoring, selling of credits and financial liability of the bank. Mitigation credits generated from the bank will be available to our public and private clients. These mitigation credits assist our clients in offsetting adverse impacts to jurisdictional Waters of the United States, and allows our clients to obtain federal, state and local permits typically associated with construction projects.
The Caton Creek Stream and Wetland Mitigation Bank encompasses approximately 480 acres of land that contains nearly 25,000 feet of Caton Creek, 5,000 feet of associated tributaries and 120 acres of manipulated bottomland hardwood forests within the Caton Creek floodplain. HDR | ICA is proposing to restore Caton Creek to its natural geomorphic landscape position, including utilizing substantial portions of relic abandoned channel while enhancing and preserving associated tributaries and the associated wetlands within Caton Creek's floodplain.
HDR | ICA has worked hand-in-hand with MWV, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (UCACE) and other members of the Interagency Review Team (IRT) in an effort to educate all parties involved as to the merits of the bank. We've successfully submitted a prospectus to the IRT and are working with the USACE to produce the mitigation banking instrument that will ultimately be the blueprint for implementing mitigation strategies on the Site.
- Size: 480 Acres
- Professional Services: Agency Coordination, As-Built Mitigation Plan, Construction Management, Construction Plans, Design/Restoration Plan, Fieldwork, HEC-RAS, Landowner Coordination, Monitoring, Permit Application, Project Administration
- Project Type: Environmental Remediation, Restoration, Wetlands