Business Practices for Compensatory Mitigation
The Division of Mitigation Services (DMS) philosophy of doing business is based on a strategic planning process; the result of accepting compensatory mitigation responsibility from known or anticipated environmental impacts from transportation-infrastructure improvements and other economic development in the state. DMS analyzes the resulting mitigation needs, matches the needs with its existing asset inventory, and then determines how much and where the resulting mitigation projects will located.
DMS’s main procurement method is through its Full-Delivery program; the selection of contractors following a value-based method, to deliver mitigation credits by developing large mitigation projects. DMS also purchases available private mitigation bank credits that enables DMS to quickly meet needs.
DMS also secures professional services for planning and engineering throughout the year on an as-needed basis. Engineering and biological services are procured by DMS utilizing a 2-year on-call designer pre-qualification list. Planning contractors are secured through Request for Proposals using a quality-cost method.
All DMS projects follow design and construction standards that support sound scientific criteria, employ best practices and represent accepted technical and engineering standards. Projects must achieve or exceed federal and state clean-water permitting regulations.
Vendors interested in working with the DMS on full-delivery projects, restoration design, construction or local watershed-planning projects should visit the state Interactive Purchasing System website for information about current requests for services.