SKAGIT ENVIRONMENTAL BANK
Skagit County, WashingtonWe are pleased to announce that the Skagit Environmental Bank is now certified and has approximately 29 freshwater wetland credits available for sale.
Mission and Purpose
The mission of the Skagit Environmental Bank project is to restore and preserve 396 acres of critical floodplain habitat. This bank will enhance wetland processes in a way that contributes to achieving a net functional gain, while successfully supporting economic and social development for our generation and for generations to come. The Skagit Environmental Bank will improve ecological conditions in the lower Skagit watershed and provide a cost-effective compensatory mitigation alternative.
The Skagit Environmental Bank wetland restoration site is located 1.5 miles northeast of the Mt. Vernon urban center at 14067 McLaughlin Extension Road, Mount Vernon, Wa. The Bank property is located in Sections 10, 11, 15, and 14, Township 34 North, Range 4 East on the Mount Vernon 7.5 minute USGS quadrangle map; in the Washington State Water Resource Inventory Area 03: Lower Skagit-Samish Watershed.
The service area includes fresh-water wetlands within the Washington State Water Resource Inventory Area: Lower Skagit-Samish Watershed or WRIA 03. For linear projects (i.e. roadway, utility corridor, and railroad) that have a portion of the project impacts within and outside the WRIA 3 service area, special consideration by the Agencies can allow the permittee to utilize the Skagit Environmental Bank for impacts. Please contact us to discuss this option.
Classes of Impacted Wetlands Suitable for Compensating
Riverine Wetland: Lower Perennial; Aquatic Bed; Cobble, gravel, sand, organic; In-Channel Salmonid Spawning and Rearing Habitat and Off-Channel Salmonid Rearing or Refuge Habitat Palustrine Emergent Wetland: Aquatic Bed; Rooted and Floating Vascular; Permanently Flooded, Salmonid Rearing or Refuge Habitat Palustrine Scrub-Shrub Wetland: Evergreen or Deciduous Palustrine Forested Wetland: Broad-Leaved Deciduous and Evergreen Forested Buffer
242 credits will be certified and released in increments over the next 10 years as the bank matures. Credits will be certified as “general wetland credits.” The restored wetlands will be typical of bottom-land floodplain systems that provide fish, water quality, storm water storage, wildlife, hydraulic and floodplain functions, and endangered species habitat.