Or. Admin. R. 141-085-0720 - Mitigation Banking Purpose, Applicability and Policies

(1) Purpose and Applicability. These rules describe the requirements to establish and operate mitigation banks, which can be used to compensate for impacts to waters of this state. These rules pertain to mitigation banks that compensate for impacts to all types of waters of this state.
(2) Coordination with the Corps of Engineers. The Department will coordinate with and participate on the Interagency Review Team as a co-chair agency with the Corps of Engineers to establish mitigation banks that also meet the federal regulatory requirements, as appropriate.
(3) Development of Mitigation Banks is Encouraged. The Department encourages the development and will facilitate the expeditious approval of mitigation banks.
(4) Compensation for Expected or Historical Losses to Aquatic Resources. Mitigation banks must be located and designed to compensate for expected or historical losses to aquatic resources by:
(a) Maintaining regional functions and values of aquatic resources in their service area;
(b) Matching the demand for credits with losses to the water resources of this state; and
(c) Meeting other ecological or watershed needs as determined by the Department.
(5) Banks Must Meet Principal Objectives for CM: Mitigation banks established and operated under these rules must meet the principal objectives of compensatory mitigation in OAR 141-085-0680.
(6) Subject to All CM Rules. Mitigation banks are subject to all rules governing CWM and CNWM, as applicable.
(7) Collaboration with Public Resource Protection and Restoration Programs. The Department encourages collaboration with voluntary watershed enhancement projects in conjunction with, but supplemental to, the generation of compensatory mitigation credit, when greater ecological gains can be recognized. Except where public funding is specifically authorized to provide compensatory mitigation, or the Department otherwise approves the use or accounting of such funds, funds dedicated to non-compensatory aquatic resource restoration or preservation projects will not generate transferable mitigation credit.


Or. Admin. R. 141-085-0720
DSL 1-2009, f. 2-13-09, cert. ef. 3-1-09; DSL 8-2009, f. 12-15-09 cert. ef. 1-1-10; DSL 1-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-1-11; DSL 2-2019, amend filed 03/28/2019, effective 4/1/2019

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 196.825 & ORS 196.600 - 196.692

Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 196.600 - 196.692 & 196.795 - 196.990

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