Since the late 18th century, 90 percent of Ohio’s wetland resources have been destroyed or degraded through draining, filling or other modifications. Because of the valuable functions the remaining wetlands perform, it is imperative to ensure that all impacts to wetlands are properly mitigated. Wetland mitigation can occur by purchasing credits at an approved wetland mitigation bank, paying a fee to an approved in-lieu fee program or permittee-responsible mitigation. Permittee-responsible mitigation can include wetland restoration, wetland enhancement or wetland preservation.
Ohio EPA reviews stream and wetland mitigation projects statewide to determine if mitigation is compliant with issued 401 Water Quality Certifications and Isolated