HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Centrally located between Fort Smith, Hot Springs, and Little Rock Arkansas, this bank helps offset unavoidable environmental impacts to wetlands. Permitted in 2014, Dutch Creek Mitigation Bank will restore, enhance, and preserve roughly 15,616 linear feet of streams, 51 acres of associated riparian habitat, 36 acres of wetland buffer, and 123 acres of wetland habitat on the Yell County, Arkansas property. Dutch Creek is expected to generate an estimated 528 wetland and 104,133 stream credits over the lifetime of the bank. This unique property will help Little Rock and surrounding areas to grow and prosper with new development.
Dutch Creek will benefit eastern Arkansas by providing a natural resource that includes improved water quality, floodplain relief, enhances fish and wildlife habitat, and reduces silt and sediment loads. The bank is designed to be a tool to accelerate 404 permit approval for developers and keep projects moving forward. Dutch Creek serves: Conway, Cleburne, Faulkner, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Newton, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Scott, Sebastian, Searcy, Van Buren, Yell, and White Counties.
Why Purchase Credits?
“Purchasing credits from an approved mitigation bank offers the developer or company peace of mind,” explains MSUSA Vice President Troy Madrigal. “The mitigation bank retains liability for the restoration or preservation of the bank, so the purchaser can buy the credits and move on with their project in a simple, efficient fashion.” As the bank’s progress is approved and required milestones are monitored by the USACE, this option is the best for healthy restoration of the environment and water quality.
MSUSA was founded in 2007 and has since been instrumental in creating environmental mitigation and conservation in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Alaska. Along with its affiliates, MSUSA has invested over 60 million dollars in developing wetland and stream mitigation as well as species conservation projects. MSUSA has 19 Mitigation Banks and 1 Conservation Bank in various stages of completion. For areas not currently served by a mitigation bank, MSUSA has 16 Permittee-Responsible Mitigation Sites.