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Section 404 of the Clean Water Act

Model Mitigation Plan Checklist for CWA Section 404 Permit Applicants

This document is intended as a technical guide for Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 permit applicants  preparing compensatory mitigation plans. This checklist provides a basic framework to improve predictability and consistency in the development of mitigation plans for permit applicants.

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