An Ecological Framework for Reviewing Compensatory Mitigation: Abiotic Processes (Part 2 of 4)
Over the past three decades compensatory mitigation has become an important strategy for addressing the adverse environmental impacts that result from dredge and fill activities. Compensatory mitigation projects should be designed to replace lost ecological services at an alternative location. Federal and State regulatory staff routinely review these proposals to ensure that projects will achieve the desired outcomes. But what exactly should compensatory mitigation project reviewers consider in evaluating a proposal? The purpose of this second of four webinars is to assist compensatory mitigation project reviewers by providing information about how to evaluate abiotic processes–soils and hydrology–critical to designing wetland restoration projects that will achieve project objectives and meet performance standards. Presenters will focus on both abiotic and biotic characteristics of soils and their functions, review specific considerations with respect to hydrology and soils in tidal restoration projects, and describe a process for developing hydrology-based performance standards in freshwater systems. The webinar presentations should run around 100 minutes and will be followed by a questions and answer session.