In Lieu Fee program allows economic development projects to be constructed
while their mitigation obligations are transferred to an In Lieu Fee provider.
The provider agrees to replicate the mitigation credits on another site within
a year and half of accepting a fee to do so. The Sunflower Land Trust has
accepted the monies for a dozen projects and has created the following three
mitigation projects within the required time limit.
In Lieu Fee 1 Site:
In 2007 the City
of Wichita in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Transportation needed
to replace a bridge on State Highway 54 in western Wichita. The project was
necessary for the upgrading of the highway and resulted in the destruction of a
half acre of wetland and 150 feet of stream corridor. The Corps of Engineers, through
their 404 Permit, required the City to replace the damaged wetland and stream to
a new location. Since the wetland in question was of a high quality the Corps
imposed an additional two acres of upland buffer to protect the newly created
wetland from degradation. In 2008 the SLT accepted the mitigation
responsibilities and created its first In Lieu Fee site.
Wetland site prior to creation in 2008. Mitigation site after five years.
In Lieu Fee 2 Site:
In an effort to
supply the mitigation needs of several projects with wetland needs, the
Sunflower Land Trust created a five acre wetland site. Construction began in
the fall of 2010 and despite the 2011 drought the wetland was fully functional
by the summer of 2013.
Construction Site in Summer 2010. Construction Fall 2010
Wetland full and functioning in late 2013 despite two year drought.
In Lieu Fee 3 Site:
Most of the Corps
of Engineers 404 Permits require the need for the creation of wetlands or
stream mitigation. Although many projects can be contained in a large wetland
site, it usually takes much more effort to find a suitable site for the
creation of stream credits. The Sunflower Land Trust opted to develop a
mitigation project in a stream channel which had been neglected through years
of improper maintenance.
Spring 2011 Summer 2011