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The Florida Association of Mitigation Bankers (FAMB) 2020 Annual Workshop

Victoria Colangelo is proud to be on the FAMB workshop committee for The Florida Association of Mitigation Bankers (FAMB) 2020 Annual Workshop! Please join us on Friday, February 27th- February 28th at the Omni Jacksonville. *Panelist discussions from: The Florida Department of Transportation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in addition to those from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FDEP and Water Management Districts. A special session will be held

Definition of “Waters of the United States”- Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules

The final rule to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule was published to the federal register on 10/15. This rescinds the 2015 Clean Water Rule and re-codifies the regulatory definition of water of the United States as it existed prior to the 2015 rule. The rule will be effective as of 12/23/19. The agencies are taking this final action to repeal the Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States,” 80 FR 37054 (June 29, 2015), and to recodify the regulatory

FAEP Conference 2019 Recap

Watch this session for the 2019 Florida Association of Environmental Professionals Conference that was held on Friday, September 20th, 2019. The panel discussion was on Mitigation Banking in Florida: Lessons Learned and Future Trends with Victoria Colangelo, The Mitigation Banking Group, Inc; John Lesman, Bio-Tech Consulting, Inc.; and Bill Kerr, BKI, Inc. This presentation included the history, current state, and what the future holds of the mitigation banking industry. This panel discussion provided information on lessons learned, challenges and success stories. The Mitigation Banking

Drainage Basin & Mitigation Bank Updates

Updated: Florida Drainage Basins Watershed Map If you require wetland mitigation on land you are developing, you must purchase mitigation bank credits from the same drainage basin. Plot your project location to find out which drainage basin your project is located in. ACCESS MAP Florida Mitigation Banks & Service Areas Which mitigation banks service my project location? Each Mitigation Bank Permit identifies a geographic area served by the permitted mitigation bank.

2019 Environmental Permitting Summer School Recap

The Environmental Permitting Summer School is attended by attorneys, consultants, engineers, state and local government officials, developers, landowners, and others with a strong interest in environmental issues in Florida. I am incredibly honored that I was able to exhibit and speak at this year’s event in Marco Island, FL. Did you know that this is the 33rd straight year of this event? During the panel discussion, I spoke on the subject of Mitigation Banking Practical Considerations: Challenges and Opportunities. Although not a

Lake Wales Ridge Conservation Bank

The Lake Wales Ridge Conservation Bank which provides sand skink conservation credits along the Lake Wales Ridge in Florida recently completed a successful prescribed burn within a 57.8 acre range of the 363.5 acre conservation bank. The conservation bank also provided results that the exotic/nuisance species cover in the scrub area has been reduced to less than 1 percent! This 363.5-acre conservation bank, located in Polk County, Florida is one of the largest areas of pristine scrub habitat left along

Mitigation Banking 101

What is a Mitigation Bank? Mitigation Banks are large-scale wetland and/or stream restoration and enhancement projects that are established in areas where continued development will require impacts to these important aquatic resources. The restoration work completed at a mitigation bank generates a net gain of wetlands and/or stream in a given area, which is quantified based on the resulting ecological benefit to generate a number of mitigation “credits” . The mitigation bank is protected in perpetuity, via a conservation easement. The

National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference Recap

Every year I attend the National Mitigation Banking Conference to connect with key leaders and stay up to speed on how the mitigation, ecosystem & conservation banking industry is doing. Love this conference as it brings together policy, business, science and people investing in the environment for a few days. Below are a few recap videos I did while in Minnesota with some of the things I took from the conference each day. Day 1 https://mitigationbankinginc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/National-Mitigation-Ecosystem-Banking-Conference-Day-1-Recap.mp4   Day 2 https://mitigationbankinginc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/National-Mitigation-Ecosystem-Banking-Conference-Day-2-Recap.mp4   Interview with

National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference: Conversation with John Paul Woodley Junior

During the National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference, I had the honor of sitting down with John Paul Woodley Jr. and talking with him about our industry. John Paul is a former Assistant Secretary of the Army. Here is our interview: https://mitigationbankinginc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Conversation-with-John-Paul-Woodley-Jr-NMEBC2019.mp4   During John’s time with The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Corp released a rule to clarify how to provide compensatory mitigation for unavoidable impacts to the nation’s wetlands