Keeping up with wetlands mitigation in Alaska

Why do our clients need to know about wetlands? Because whether you want to develop land or conserve it, the provisions of the Clean Water Act require consulting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before wetlands are affected in any way. For over 20 years, the ABR wetlands team has been working to provide our clients with relevant information for obtaining Section 404 wetland permits under the Clean Water Act. By keeping informed of the changing regulatory requirements, we have been able to assist with the permitting process and mitigation planning for individual development projects.

          

Sampling grass marsh on the Barrow Penninsula (left) and wetlands in the Upper Susitna River Basin (right)

Alaska's wetlands are extensive and unique compared to those in the Lower 48. With our decades of experience in the state, we provide support by preparing a variety of functional and conditional wetland assessments that are used to calculate mitigation requirements, if needed, for projected project-specific impacts. If mitigation is required and there is no suitable wetland mitigation bank available to offset the debits incurred, ABR can also provide options for on-site permittee-responsible mitigation projects. 

ABR's triple bottom line: "Environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability"