Westervelt Ecological Services
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North Utica Agricultural (NRCS) Bank

North Utica Agricultural (NRCS) Bank

Seward County, NE

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.

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Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Grant

Westervelt Ecological Services is a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) grant recipient tasked with the creation, enhancement, or reestablishment of rainwater basin wetlands. Today, approximately 10-20 percent of rainwater basins remain making protection of these wetlands paramount because they provide critical roosting and feeding habitat for migratory birds in the central flyway. WES is committed to providing improved migratory bird habitat and helping agricultural producers stay in compliance per the 1985 Farm Bill rule.

The Bank is the first mitigation bank to be developed in Nebraska under the recently established NRCS Wetland Mitigation Banking Program.

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Service Area

WES wants to answer all your questions related to compensatory mitigation. Whether you have issues related to service areas, credit types, ratios, or agency approvals- we are here to help.

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