ORS 196.615¹
Program for wetlands mitigation banks
  • program standards and criteria
  • rules

(1) In accordance with the provisions of ORS 196.600 (Definitions for ORS 196.600 to 196.655) to 196.655 (Report on Oregon Wetlands Mitigation Bank Revolving Fund Account), upon the approval of the State Land Board, the Director of the Department of State Lands shall initiate and implement a program for wetlands mitigation banks. The director shall encourage the development of and the expeditious approval of mitigation banks and other types of compensatory wetland mitigation.

(2) Subject to the approval of the State Land Board, the Department of State Lands shall adopt, by rule, standards and criteria for the site selection process, operation and evaluation of mitigation banks. Criteria to be considered shall include but need not be limited to:

(a) Historical wetland trends, including the estimated rate of current and future losses of the respective types of wetlands.

(b) The contributions of the wetlands to:

(A) Wildlife, migratory birds and resident species;

(B) Commercial and sport fisheries;

(C) Surface and ground water quality and quantity, and flood moderation;

(D) Outdoor recreation including enhancement of scenic waterways; and

(E) Scientific and research values.

(c) Regional economic needs.

(3) For each mitigation bank, the department shall establish a well-defined plan, including preliminary objectives, inventory of resource values and an evaluation and monitoring program. [Formerly 541.560; 1991 c.67 §48; 2003 c.738 §6]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 196—Columbia River Gorge; Ocean Resource Planning; Wetlands; Removal and Fill, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors196.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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