Mitigation banking is a practice in which an environmental
enhancement and preservation project is conducted by a public agency or
private entity (“banker”) to provide mitigation for unavoidable wetland
impacts within a defined region (mitigation service area). The bank is
the site itself, and the currency sold by the banker to the impact
permittee is a credit, which represents the wetland ecological value
equivalent to the complete restoration of one acre. The number of
potential credits permitted for the bank and the credit debits required
for impact permits are determined by the permitting agencies. UMAM is
the method of assessment for banks established after February 2, 2004.
Florida Statutes states: “Mitigation banks and offsite regional
mitigation should emphasize the restoration and enhancement of degraded
ecosystems and the preservation of uplands and wetlands as intact
ecosystems rather than alteration of landscapes to create wetlands. This
is best accomplished through restoration of ecological communities that
were historically present.”
The Mitigation Bank Statute,
Mitigation Bank Rule,
provide the framework
for permitting banks. Mitigation banks are authorized by a State permit,
issued by either a Water Management District or the Department, and by
the US Army Corps of Engineers as a Mitigation Bank Instrument (MBI).
The Corps maintains a website for federally approved or under-review
wetland Mitigation Banks called “RIBITS”.
The map below represents state-issued mitigation banks.
Video Quick Start Guide
Please Note: If you find errors with the shape, data or
links displayed, please send the correct information to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘mitigation
Select an agency below to get
a list of bank names and permit numbers issued by that agency.
- For more information on their banks, contact the agency or
their website. You may also search the internet on the bank
name, as many of the banks have websites.
- New! Check
DEP’s GIS Geodata
Directory for updated shapefiles for Mitigation Banks and
Mitigation Banks Service Areas.
issued by DEP
Mitigation Banks issued by South Florida Water Management District
Mitigation Banks issued by Southwest Florida Water Management District
Mitigation Banks issued by St. Johns River Water Management District
For additional information please contact:
Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Phone: (850) 245 - 8487