A proposal to restore a degraded wetland to create a separate "wetland mitigation bank" in Monroe County is currently under Department of Natural Resources review and the public has until May 23rd to comment on the permit application.
Under state law, a bank sponsor may restore wetlands to sell "credits" to people applying for permits to fill wetlands. State law now requires wetland impacts authorized under a DNR wetland individual permit to offset the wetland loss; people may be able to fulfill this legal obligation by purchasing these credits.
The mitigation bank is proposed by Howard G. Randall. It calls for a single bank site currently comprised of 24.42 acres of degraded and farmed wetlands and upland buffer in the Town of Tomah, Monroe County.
The mitigation bank plan proposes to restore and enhance 21.57 acres to wet prairie wetland and enhance 2.85 acres of surrounding upland to a prairie meadow. Construction is planned to begin in spring 2013. The site will be monitored and managed for at least 5 years after construction is done.