Van Vleck Mitigation Bank Receives Fifth and Final Credit Release
It has been five years since construction was completed on Westervelt Ecological Services (WES) 775-acre Van Vleck Mitigation Bank in eastern Sacramento County. Having met all of the performance standards and financial assurances during the interim monitoring and management phase, WES is excited to announce the Interagency Review Team (IRT) approved the bank’s fifth and final credit release in November, 2014.
Both the science and the regulatory requirements for vernal pool mitigation have evolved over the past 10 years. Westervelt staff has managed to balance this new science and increased regulatory oversight to deliver approved vernal pool mitigation necessary to fulfill the compensatory mitigation requirements of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Van Vleck is the only bank in California since the inception of the Army Corps of Engineers’ new mitigation rule in 2008 to receive its final credit release.
Van Vleck will continue to offer compensatory mitigation credits for Vernal Pool Preservation, Vernal Pool Creation and Swainson’s Hawk until they are sold out. These habitats serve vernal pool invertebrate species and Swainson’s hawk. Once the bank has sold out of all available credits, the long-term management, monitoring and endowment fund will ensure the bank’s continued success and protection in perpetuity.
The WES team is proud of this project and looks forward to working with our federal resource agency partners to continue learning and, as a result, improving vernal pool mitigation.