A wetland enhancement, restoration, creation and/or preservation project that serves to offset unavoidable wetland impacts is known as wetland mitigation or compensatory mitigation. The ecological benefits of a mitigation project should compensate for the functional loss resulting from the permitted wetland impact. The Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method (UMAM) provides a standardized procedure for assessing the ecological values and functions of wetlands and other surface waters. Compensatory mitigation activities may include, but are not limited to, onsite mitigation, offsite mitigation, Regional Offsite Mitigation Areas (R.O.M.A) and the purchase of mitigation credits from permitted mitigation banks. A breakdown of habitat types and available credits for each bank permitted by the department is available on our Mitigation Bank Ledger page.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.