Maryland County Policy Allows Wetland Mitigation on Agricultural Preservation Easements

Howard County, Maryland, Agricultural Land Preservation Board approved a policy February 16, 2010, to allow, under certain conditions, properties encumbered by an agricultural land preservation easement to establish wetland mitigation for nontidal wetlands that were, or will be, lost due to regulated urban or agricultural activities. “To avoid incursions onto productive land, wetland restoration and/or enhancement projects would generally be appropriate and wetland creation projects would not. Due to the complexity and site specific nature of wetland mitigation, this policy is meant to provide guidelines so that each request can be adequately evaluated on its own merits.”

Full text of the policy is available at http://www.co.ho.md.us/DPZ/DPZDocs/wetlandpolicyfinal.pdf.

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