Stream, Wetland & Habitat Conservation Restoration

 

Protect Streams

Implement Creditable CRS Activities

Activities that earn CRS credits Communities that protect streams should consider implementing these creditable activities:

  • Adopting erosion and sediment control regulations for land disturbed during development.
  • Establishing a library of flood risk data, which can contain LID and green space information.
  • Maintaining a flood protection website that can include relevant LID/GI information.
  • Prohibiting fill in the 100-year floodplain.
  • Adopting a building code that contains LID/GI requirements and practices.
  • Using dedicated funding for new or retrofit LID/GI projects in a capital improvement plan.
  • Conducting outreach that may include LID/GI and stream protection information.
  • Prohibiting dumping of yard waste and trash in streams and enforcing compliance.

 


Wetland Restoration Contemporary Issues & Lessons Learned

August 2017

The Association of State Wetland Managers

The intended audience for this report includes professionals in federal, state and tribal agencies as well as those in private practice and academia. It should be useful to anyone who works in the field of wetland restoration including regulators, policy makers, practitioners, wetland managers, and individuals who are interested in wetland restoration.

This report –

1) documents barriers and problems associated with wetland restoration practices,

2) explores what can be done to address these challenges, and

3) outlines a series of practical actions to improve wetland restoration outcomes.

This paper is divided into two chapters: 1) Overall Challenges and 2) Actions to Improve Wetland Restoration.

Download the publicationWetland Restoration. 

 


Actions to Conserve Species and Protect Habitat

 

Conserving Wildlife While Reducing Flood Risk

The nation’s coastal and riverine floodplains and surrounding land areas support large and diverse populations of plants and animals by providing habitat and critical sources of energy and nutrients for these organisms.  Many species spend their entire lives in the habitats found in and adjacent to the floodplain.  The wide variety of plants and animals supported directly or indirectly by floodplains constitutes an extremely valuable, renewable resource important for our economic welfare, aesthetic enjoyment, and physical well-being.

Many communities across the country are recognizing the connection between conserving wildlife and reducing flood risk to their inhabitants, and are engaging in activities that both protect important habitat and help minimize community flood loss. 

FEMA encourages communities and project proponents to reach out to experts in wildlife and species conservation to discuss developing strategies to enhance existing habitat and reduce threats to specific species.

 


Strategic Partnerships and Floodplain Buyouts: An Opportunity for Wetland Restoration

University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment; Environmental Law Institute

February 2017

This Handbook summarizes key considerations for wetland and conservation agencies or organizations interested in playing a role in the floodplain buyout process.  These organizations can be valuable partners for local governments while advancing their interest in ecosystem and habitat conservation or restoration.

Download the strategic-partnerships-and-floodplain-buyouts

 


 

 

 

 

 

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