15A NCAC 02R .0302       MITIGATION BANKS

(a)  All sponsors of mitigation banks that submit a prospectus to the United States Army Corps of Engineers after the effective date of this Rule must provide the Secretary, or the Secretary's designee, documentation that the proposed mitigation bank is consistent with the approved Basinwide Restoration Plan for the appropriate river basin and meets the requirements of G.S. 143-214.11(f).  A mitigation bank is consistent with the Basinwide Restoration Plans if the mitigation bank is located within an area that is identified as a priority for restoration in the Basinwide Restoration Plan; or is located at a site that is otherwise consistent with the goals outlined in the Basinwide Restoration Plan for the appropriate river basin; or is approved by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  The Secretary, or the Secretary's designee, shall provide comments concerning this documentation through participation on the Mitigation Bank Review Team in accordance with "Federal Guidance for the Establishment, Use and Operation of Mitigation Banks," found in Volume 60, Number 228 of the Federal Register, November 28, 1995.  The signature of the Secretary, or the Secretary's designee, on the Mitigation Banking Instrument, described in the above guidance, shall be considered as a finding by the Department that the mitigation bank is consistent with the Basinwide Restoration Plan.

(b)  Each credit in a proposed mitigation bank must include a minimum of one acre of restoration or creation as defined in 15A NCAC 2H .0506(h)(4).

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143-214.11; 143-214.12; 143-215.3;

Eff. August 1, 1998.