Exploring Function-based Performance Standards for Wetlands
We are soliciting your feedback on draft function-based performance standards for wetland mitigation sites in Washington State. Ecology is exploring the use of function-based standards to improve the ecological success of wetland compensatory mitigation in Washington. Function-based performance standards may improve the ecological success of compensatory mitigation by helping to demonstrate that functions lost at impact sites are adequately compensated at mitigation sites. They may also be of use at voluntary wetland restoration sites.
Function-based standards are not commonly used in Washington, although the current inter-agency guidance on wetland mitigation recommends developing objectives and standards for target functions.
You have been introduced to conceptual function-based performance standards and draft examples of objectives, performance standards, and associated information such as monitoring methods. We appreciate your comments on both the concept and the details in the draft tables of standards.
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