Concurrent Session: Science-informed wetland regulation
10:40 AM - 12:00 PM Wed
TITLE: Connecting wetland and stream mitigation activities
ABSTRACT: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St Paul District (Corps) continues to develop and refine tools and procedures that support effective wetland restoration in combination with stream restoration where possible and environmentally preferable. This session will provide an overview of the Corps’ procedures related to planning, constructing, monitoring and maintaining mitigation banks with both wetland and stream credits. Mitigation banks provide compensation to offset unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources. An Interagency Review Team, made up of members from both state and federal agencies, provides review, approval, and oversight of the banks. This session will describe criteria to consider when evaluating sites for potential stream and wetland functional lift, what qualitative information to collect from the field to inform initial assessments on stream condition, and how to use the Wisconsin Stream Quantification Tool to predict gain of stream function at mitigation sites.
BIO: April Marcangeli has worked with the St. Paul District Corps of Engineers for 6 years and currently serves as a Regulatory Ecologist. In this role, she develops & implements tools and procedures that promote consistent, transparent, and science-based decisions on stream impact assessments and compensatory mitigation projects. She holds a Master’s degree in Biology and has worked in water resources for 16 years.