The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition will be visiting Hoonah next week to provide information on the proposed Southeast Alaska Mitigation Fund and opportunities for aquatic resource mitigation!
Please join us to learn more about opportunities to restore, create, or enhance aquatic resources in your community through the Southeast Alaska Mitigation Fund!
The primary goal of the Southeast Alaska Mitigation Fund is to maintain and improve the quantity and quality of aquatic resources throughout Southeast Alaska
To meet this goal, SAWC incorporates the following objectives into the SAMF:
- Provide habitat restoration or enhancement as an option to mitigate for unavoidable, site-specific impacts to aquatic resources in SE Alaska
- Utilize a watershed approach to identify the most appropriate off-site mitigation options available.
- Work in an efficient and transparent manner with an Inter-Agency Review Team, chaired by the Army Corps of Engineers, to review, analyze, and implement mitigation projects and enact amendments to the Program Instrument.
- Utilize scale efficiencies by combining the impacts from individual smaller projects within each identified watershed into consolidated (larger) mitigation sites with greater ecological value.
- Develop a program that identifies, prioritizes, and completes mitigation projects that collectively produce a no net resource loss on a watershed scale over time.
- Provide an effective and transparent accounting structure for collecting in-lieu fees, disbursing project funds, and compliance reporting.
- Provide public benefit by applying mitigation resources, deemed appropriate by the IRT, toward the restoration/enhancement of ecologically impaired publicly owned and those privately owned lands, which have important ecological value to the watershed.