Wetland Mitigation Banks
Wetlands are among the most productive of ecosystems and perform many important functions that benefit people and wildlife. Wetlands Mitigation Banks are permanently protected properties in which these important natural resources are preserved, restored or enhanced.
By preserving, restoring and creating wetlands within its mitigation banks, the Harris County Flood Control District provides opportunities for federally permitted government and private developments to mitigate for the unavoidable loss of wetlands elsewhere in Harris County. The creation of wetlands “credits” at our mitigation banks helps offset the “debits” of wetlands losses due to development. The sale of those credits helps ensure the long-term sustainability of these important wetlands preserves.
Wetlands mitigation banks support the mission of the Flood Control District by streamlining the construction of important flood damage reduction projects, and by allowing the Flood Control District to more efficiently obtain necessary U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits. Mitigation banking on large tracts of land, such as the Greens Bayou Wetlands Mitigation Bank, allows for greater floodplain storage and habitat conductivity, eliminates temporal loss of wetlands functions and values, and creates a more sustainable system, with greater diversity of habitat and wetland functions.