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Templates & guidance documents

We work in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to certify and regulate wetland mitigation banks in Washington. Interested in establishing a wetland mitigation bank? We have guidance to help you through the process.

Rule documents


General guidance documents

Credit guidance

  • Bank Use Plan - Using Credits from Wetland Mitigation Banks: Guidance to Applicants on Submittal Contents for Bank Use Plans (February 2009). This guide provides permit applicants details on what information should be submitted in a 'Bank Use Plan' if requesting to use wetland mitigation bank credits as mitigation.
  • Credit Guide for Wetland Mitigation Banks (February 2013). This guide clarifies the terms, uses, and measures of credits as they apply to wetland mitigation banking in Washington.

Guidance for a watershed/landscape-based approach

Service area

  • Service Area Guidance (November 2010). Guidance on the designated geographic area in which  a bank can reasonably provide compensation for unavoidable wetland impacts.

Submitting documents for review

Submit documents to us or the Interagency Review Team in both hard copy and electronic format. If the electronic copy is 3 MB or less, please submit it via email, CD, or DVD. If the electronic copy is larger than 3 MB, it must be submitted on a CD or DVD, and a hard copy needs to be mailed to us.

Federal Rule

Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources; Final Rule (Federal Register, April 10, 2008). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and EPA issued regulations governing compensatory mitigation for activities authorized by permits issued by the Corps. The regulations establish performance standards and criteria for the use of permittee-responsible compensatory mitigation, wetland mitigation banks, and in-lieu fee programs to improve the quality and success of compensatory mitigation projects.