Services & Industries

Mitigation Banking

Permittee-Responsible (PRM)

Turnkey Mitigation

Environmental Services

Mitigation Planning & Design

Mitigation Credits

Permit Assistance






Mitigation Banking

Delta Land sponsors multiple mitigation banks within the southeast. A mitigation bank is a wetland area that has been mitigated (restored, established, enhanced or preserved) and set aside to compensate for future conversions of wetlands for development activities.

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Permittee-Responsible (PRM)

Delta Land prides itself in its ability to provide customized mitigation solutions that are crafted to our clients’ needs. We are unique in that we provide our clients with customized solutions that are inclusive of complete permitting assistance and "all inclusive” pricing. The Delta staff works closely with our clients to understand the underlying issues, needs and concerns; and is able to create a plan that is specific to the client’s requests without charging fees associated with multiple services. The outcome saves our clients invaluable time and millions of dollars.

Permittee-Responsible Mitigation (PRM) is defined in 33 CFR 332 as "an aquatic resource restoration, establishment, enhancement, and/or preservation activity undertaken by the permittee (or an authorized agent or contractor) to provide compensatory mitigation for which the permittee retains full responsibility”. This type of mitigation may also be referred to as "project-specific mitigation”. The 2008 mitigation rule states that preference and/or consideration is to be given to mitigation banks and in-lieu fee (ILF) arrangements over PRMs; therefore, PRMs are typically used when no feasible banking or ILF options are available. Examples may be that no banks exist in the watershed of the proposed impact; the banks that do exist do not have an adequate inventory (i.e. credits) to satisfy the impact; or the bank does not have the appropriate type of credit (i.e. out of kind habitat). Another instance where a PRM may be utilized is if the PRM project would be more ecologically beneficial. Any type of mitigation solution proposed by a permit applicant must be approved by the Corps. However, the reviewing agencies are free to comment on the mitigation plan during the permit approval process. As with any mitigation plan, a proposed PRM mitigation plan must meet all conditions necessary per 33 CFR 332.4 (c) (2) through 33 CFR 332.4 (13) (the 12-step process).

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Turnkey Mitigation

Delta provides turnkey mitigation solutions to permit applicants in need of wetland and/or steam mitigation. These services are inclusive of:
  • Site identification, selection and acquisition
  • Field assessment and delineation
  • Drafting of a complete Mitigation Plan that meets all conditions set within the 12-step process
  • Drafting of a complete Mitigation Work Plan, inclusive of long-term and adaptive management measures
  • Implementation of the Mitigation Plan: construct, monitor, maintain and manage the mitigation site throughout the life of the project
  • Financial Assurances (both short-term and long-term)


Mitigation Planning & Design

The technical team at Delta Land Services works around the clock to plan and design mitigation sites that meet both short-term and long-term objectives, with regard to federal and state environmental permitting. The steps include:

  1. Determine the need and opportunity for a bank, establish bank objectives, identify potential bank users or clients and identify physical resources and methods of producing compensatory credits
  2. Discuss bank in conceptual terms with ‘regulatory authority’
  3. Prepare and submit formal banking prospectus to ‘regulatory authorities’ for review and comment, conduct site inspection as necessary, evaluate proposed bank’s purpose and objectives and assess its technical feasibility
  4. Public Notice
  5. Conduct detailed planning, including baseline characterization of bank site
  6. Submit detailed plans to ‘regulatory authority’ for review and approval of detailed bank plans
  7. Develop inter-agency agreement to serve as the formal banking instrument
  8. Review and approve formal banking instrument
  9. Apply for Section 404 permit
  10. Implementation
    • Build bank (restore, enhance, create, and/or preserve wetland(s) or stream(s) following detailed bank plans
    • Monitor and report bank conditions
    • Request certification of bank credits
    • Certify bank credits

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Mitigation Credits

With regulatory approval, permittees can purchase credits from one of Delta’s mitigation banks to meet their requirements for compensatory mitigation. The value of these "credits” is determined by quantifying the wetland functions or acres restored or created. The bank sponsor is ultimately responsible for the success of the project. Mitigation banking is done off-site but within the same watershed.

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Permit Assistance

Human development activities (public and private) often result in impacts to our Nations waters, including wetlands and streams. The Clean Water Act (CWA) prohibits any land development activity that adversely affects wetlands and streams in the U.S. unless coordinated and approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the CWA. All impacts to wetlands and streams must be avoided and minimized as best as possible. If impacts are unavoidable, Delta Land Services provides assistance to land development projects to replace the loss of wetland and aquatic resource functions through compensatory mitigation.

Delta is able to assist its clients with the coordination of appropriate regulatory authorities and permitting needed in order to proceed with development. Our permitting experience and relationships with regulatory agencies and conservation groups have been instrumental in meeting project deadlines and expectation.

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Environmental Services

Restoration Services:

Delta Land Services has experience restoring, enhancing, and preserving streams and wetland systems throughout the Southeast United States. Once a mitigation site is approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Delta has a long-term commitment to re-establish or rehabilitate a previously corrupted wetland or other aquatic resource with the intention of returning its natural or historic functions and characteristics.

The ecosystem and restoration industry has seen rapid growth in the last five years. We use our internal and external resources to excel as a leader in ecology, stream design, wetland restoration, hydrology, and engineering to restore and conserve streams, wetlands, and endangered species habitats.

Restoration services include:

  • Locate and acquire the best properties and best approach for implementation
  • Assess the existing conditions to determine unique site characteristics
  • Assess wetland functionality and subsurface hydrology
  • Provide a detailed stream restoration design when needed- based on natural channel design principles
  • Coordinate with appropriate regulatory agencies for required permit approvals
  • Provide financial assurances
  • Restore original wetland features to the land
  • Ensure project success through post-construction monitoring

Recreational Land Management Services:

With the addition of Mr. Brad Farris to the Delta Land team in early 2011, we gained an extensive amount of recreational knowledge and wildlife expertise. Delta Land Services now has the capabilities to assist landowners and clients with complete land management, while also maximizing the habitat for wildlife and recreational uses of the land. We are committed to being innovative and informed of all that has to do with land development and are outfitted with the ability to define the objectives to capitalize on the land’s ecological value as related to its wildlife and recreational values.

Land Services include:

  • Property assessment
  • Identification of property strengths and weaknesses
  • Timber management
  • Habitat management
  • Food plot layout and design
    • Annual and perennial recommendations
    • Agricultural plantings
      • Commercial and wildlife recommendations (ex. beans, corn, rice etc..)
  • Road and access planning
  • Farm bill program assistance
  • Concentration in deer and waterfowl developments


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