Event at Mitigation Bank Completes 6000-Acre Ecological Restoration


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August 17, 2011Sacramento, CA – Sometimes it’s good to finish last. At least that’s how the team at Westervelt Ecological Services (WES) views completing habitat restoration at Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank. When the farm berm on the Cosumnes River is breached on August 24, natural hydrology and tidal influence will be restored to the 472-acre bank located at the confluence of the Cosumnes and Mokelumne Rivers in southern Sacramento County, and directly adjacent to 6,000 additional acres of key nature preserves, including The Nature Conservancy’s Cosumnes Preserve.

“The breach of the levee represents the final piece of physical excavation/restoration at our mitigation bank,” said Greg Sutter, Executive Vice President for WES.

“Our team is always excited when key project milestones are achieved, but this is larger. Our bank comprises only a portion of this ecologically valuable land in Sacramento County, and it is an honor to complete the puzzle not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of our esteemed conservation neighbors,” he said.

An invitation-only event will be held alongside the actual breach beginning at 8:00 a.m. on August 24. The breach requires significant orchestration between manpower and Mother Nature, as it must be done in relationship to the actual tide. Guests will watch as a section of the farm berm is removed, and individuals who have played a critical role in the success of the project will be honored.

The Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank was approved by environmental regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and California Department of Fish and Game in September, 2009. Mitigation banks provide enhanced environmental benefit over smaller, piecemeal mitigation and have extensive biological, financial and legal assurances to ensure mitigation success. In addition, banks provide economies of scale, reduced permitting time and costs, and severance of liability to public and private sector developers.

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As part of The Westervelt Company, a 127 year-old land stewardship organization headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Westervelt Ecological Services was established in 2006 to reflect the organization’s sustainability mission through species conservation and wetlands mitigation banking.  With primary offices inSacramento, California, and Auburn, Alabama, Westervelt Ecological Services is led by a team of well-respected professionals with lengthy backgrounds in ecological restoration and turnkey mitigation projects. Visit www.wesmitigation.com to learn more.