Agricultural Wetland Restoration
The North Utica Bank is located near Utica, Nebraska in Seward County. Bank credit purchases can be used to offset impacts to temporary and seasonal cropped wetlands resulting from wetland drainage or fill activities associated with agricultural activities. Producers, in turn, remain eligible for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs by demonstrating compliance with the Swamp buster provisions. Bank establishment was achieved through the restoration and enhancement of wetlands on a degraded playa wetland ecosystem located in the Rainwater Basin. This area is an integral landscape to the Central Flyway and happens to be in the center of the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture program area. Mitigation activities performed at this site will target impacts to palustrine emergent temporarily flooded (PEMA) wetlands in the Rainwater Basin region.