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Section 404 of the Clean Water Act

National Wetland Mitigation Banking Study: Technical and Procedural Support to Mitigation Banking Guidance

This document elaborates on certain policy considerations which were presented in the Federal Mitigation Banking Guidance. This support to the guidance is limited in scope to wetland systems; although Section 404 of the Clean Water Act extends the applicability of mitigation banking to wetlands and other aquatic environments, it is recognized that its principle role will be to compensate for unavoidable wetland losses. Accordingly, this document recognizes this programmatic emphasis.

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