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via American Journal of Transportation

WA - Port Receives Approval for First Environmental Mitigation Bank

The Upper Clear Creek Mitigation Bank is the Port of Tacoma’s first mitigation bank and only the second joint wetland and fish conservation bank in Washington.

The Port of Tacoma’s Upper Clear Creek Mitigation Bank, designed to offset adverse impacts to salmon and wetland habitat from development, received final approval on June 24 from the state Department of Ecology (Ecology), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

The Upper Clear Creek Mitigation Bank is the Port’s first mitigation bank, the first of its kind in the Puyallup River watershed, and only the second joint wetland and fish conservation bank in Washington state.

The Upper Clear Creek Mitigation Site construction was completed in 2016 and combines the 28.64-acre mitigation bank to another 12.59-acre Port-owned mitigation project, creating more than 41 acres of contiguous restored habitat in the Clear Creek floodplain with the option for future expansion. Clear Creek is the Puyallup River’s last freshwater tributary before entering Puget Sound’s Commencement Bay. The waterbody is vital habitat for migrating salmonids.

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