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USDA Announces $5 Million in Wetland Mitigation Banking Program Funds

SALINA, Kansas May 14, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today the availability of up to $5 million for wetland mitigation banks.  This funding through the Wetland Mitigation Banking Program is available to help conservation Partners develop or establish mitigation banks to help agricultural producers maintain eligibility for USDA programs.

 “Wetlands are crucial to the well-being of our natural resources,” said Troy J. Munsch, Acting State Conservationist.  “By filtering water, reducing soil loss, displacing carbon from the atmosphere, and providing habitats to our nation’s wildlife, the Wetland Mitigation Banking Program allows us to work with experienced Producers on wetland mitigation.”

Wetland mitigation banking is the restoration, creation or enhancement of wetlands to compensate for unavoidable impacts on wetlands at other locations.  The Farm Bill’s wetland conservation provisions, commonly called Swampbuster provisions, aim to remove certain incentives to convert wetlands or to produce agricultural commodities on converted wetlands.

Producers seeking benefits through most USDA programs must comply with wetland conservation provisions by affirming they will not impact wetlands on their lands.  In situations where avoidance or on-site mitigation is challenging, the Farm Bill allows for off-site mitigation through the purchase of mitigation banking credits.

This competitive grant program helps States, local governments and other qualified Partners develop wetland mitigation banks to restore, create or enhance wetland ecosystems.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST July 6, 2020 and must be submitted through Grants.gov using Funding Opportunity Number USDA-NRCS-NHQ-WMBP-20-NOFO0001002.

NRCS is accepting proposals from eligible State and local units of government, Tribes, for-profit entities and non-governmental organizations.

More information on wetland mitigation banking is available here.

USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only.  Field work will continue with appropriate social distancing.  Program delivery staff will continue to communicate with producers by phone and online.  All service center visitors wanting to conduct business with NRCS can call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found online at farmers.gov/coronavirus.  Your nearest Service Center can be located at farmers.gov/service-locator.