Mitigation to Restore & Protect Streams for Kentucky’s Future Generations

Need to offset unavoidable stream impacts through high-quality mitigation? Credits from the Kentucky Stream Mitigation Banks are your ideal solution.

The Kentucky Stream Mitigation Banks are large-scale stream restoration sites owned and operated by Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP)—the country’s leading provider of environmental credits. The Kentucky Stream Mitigation Banks include:

  • Big Sandy Mitigation Bank (Lawrence County)
  • Little Sandy Stream Mitigation Bank (Elliott County)
  • Rolling Fork Mitigation Bank (Marion County)
  • Lower Kentucky Mitigation Bank (Garrard County)
  • Lower Licking Stream Mitigation Bank (Nicholas County)
  • North Fork Stream Mitigation Bank (Breathitt County)
  • Spout Springs Mitigation Bank (Estill County)

Mitigation credits from EIP enable you to satisfy the requirements of your environmental permit quickly and cost-effectively while eliminating liability exposure. Credit purchases also promote large-scale conservation and restoration of Kentucky’s stream corridors for future generations.

The Kentucky Stream Mitigation Banks are approved or in permitting by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fulfill mitigation requirements of Section 404 Clean Water Act permits(1).

To purchase mitigation credits or learn more, contact:
Jaime Zsiros
321.258.1774
LOCATION:
Breathitt, Elliott, Estill, Garrard, Lawrence, Nicholas and Marion Counties, KY
See Bank Service Area Map
Restoration Overview:
30 linear miles of stream, 15 miles under construction and 20 miles in permitting
SERVICE AREA:
Anderson, Bath, Bell, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Bracken, Breathitt, Bullitt, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Greenup, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Larue, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Nelson, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington, Wolfe and Woodford Counties, KY
CREDITS AVAILABLE:

Compensatory stream mitigation

Visit the North Fork Stream Mitigation Bank to find out more—and see our work in action:

SERVICE AREA:

The Big Sandy Stream Mitigation Bank (Lawrence County) and Little Sandy Stream Mitigation Bank (Elliott County) serve the Big Sandy River Service Area, which is comprised of the following USGS HUCs: Big Sandy (05070204), Little Sandy (05090104), Little Scioto-Tygarts (05090103), Lower Levisa (05070203), Tug (05070201), and Upper Levisa (05070202).

The Rolling Fork Mitigation Bank (Marion County) serves portions of the Salt River Service area, which is comprised of the following USGS HUCs: Silver-Little Kentucky (05140101), Salt (05140102), and Rolling Fork (05140103).

The Lower Kentucky Stream Mitigation Bank (Garrard County) serves the Lower Kentucky watershed (USGS HUC 05100205).

The Lower Licking Stream Mitigation Bank (Nicholas County) serves portions of the Salt River Service area, which is comprised of the following USGS HUCs: Licking (05100101), Little Scioto-Tygarts (05090103), Ohio Brush-Whiteoak (05090201), and South Fork Licking (05100102).

The North Fork Stream Mitigation Bank (Breathitt County) serves portions of the Salt River Service area, which is comprised of the following USGS HUCs: Middle Fork Kentucky (05100202), North Fork Kentucky (05100201), and South Fork Kentucky (05100203).

The Spout Springs Stream Mitigation Bank (Estill County) serves the Upper Kentucky watershed (USGS HUC 05100204).

Credits may also be used to mitigate wetland impacts in adjacent watersheds at the discretion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Brown service areas are in permitting.

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SERVICE AREA INFO

Restoration Initiative

The Kentucky Stream Mitigation Banks include eight properties covering nearly 8,300 acres of eastern and central Kentucky. EIP is restoring important ecological functions to the degraded streams on these former logging and agricultural sites. The properties are located in the Big Sandy, Little Sandy, Lower Kentucky, Lower Licking, North Fork, Salt, Upper Kentucky watersheds and are ideally suited for perennial, intermittent and ephemeral stream channel restoration. Before EIP’s initiative, the artificially straightened channels, active erosion and degraded riparian buffers severely impacted the water quality and habitat value of these streams.

EIP has restored a more natural pattern, profile and dimension to these badly degraded streambeds, bringing back a meandering pattern with a stable channel configuration that is permanently protected with a conservation easement. This work provides the continued benefit of reducing downstream sediment loading and providing high quality habitat for Kentucky fish species—which are among the most diverse in North America.

After Restoration: Natural Meandering Stream Restored
After Restoration: Stream Channel Reestablished on Former Roadbed
After Restoration: Stream and Floodplain Restored at Big Sandy Site
Immediately After Restoration: Stream and Buffer Reestablished
Before Restoration: Streambed Turned to Road, Significant Ongoing Erosion and Waste from Previous Owners Onsite

Purchase Credits

To purchase mitigation credits or learn more, contact:
Jaime Zsiros
321.258.1774

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