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PDFWAC 173-700-500

Use of bank credits.

Banks can be a preferable option for compensating for authorized impacts. Use of a bank can help reduce risk and uncertainty as well as temporal loss of resource functions and services when used to compensate for authorized impacts. Local and state agencies are encouraged to use banks as a tool for implementing various management and restoration plans. These plans may include, but are not limited to, watershed management plans, watershed characterizations, stormwater management plans, shoreline master programs, salmon recovery plans, and comprehensive land use plans. Banks can restore processes, habitats, and functions identified as priorities within the watershed.
(1) The department requires an approved instrument that includes a mitigation plan, appropriate real estate protections, and financial assurances for a bank. The department requires that the bank attain performance standards before credits can be used.
(2) Projects located within the bank's service area are eligible to apply to use credits from that bank to compensate for authorized unavoidable impacts.
(3) Permitting agencies for debit projects should ensure that mitigation sequencing has occurred before approving the use of credits.
(4) The permitting agencies determine whether the use of credits from a bank provides appropriate compensation for a debit project's unavoidable impacts.
(5) Under no circumstances may the same credits be debited as compensation for a different impact authorized under another regulatory program.
(6) Some debit projects may require authorization under more than one regulatory program (e.g., section 404 authorization, local grading permit, and a hydraulic project approval). Where appropriate, banks may be designed to holistically address requirements under multiple programs and authorities for the same activity.
(7) The sponsor is responsible for obtaining all approvals from the signatories when proposing to use credits in a manner that is inconsistent with the terms and conditions of the instrument.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 90.84 RCW. WSR 09-19-013 (Order 04-13), ยง 173-700-500, filed 9/3/09, effective 10/4/09.]
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