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Nutrient Offset & Buffer Mitigation Program

Nutrient Offset & Buffer Compensatory Mitigation

If a proposed development project has explored all practical alternatives for avoiding and minimizing impacts, and project impacts exceed applicable permit thresholds, then mitigation will be required. The mitigation plan must be implemented and/or constructed before any permanent building or structure on site is occupied. In the case of a public road project, the mitigation plan must be implemented before the road is opened to the public. Proof of payment into a mitigation bank or in-lieu fee program or completion of an approved permit-specific mitigation project must be provided to DWR to satisfy this requirement. Options for compensatory mitigation include:

  • Mitigation banks: Applicant satisfies the mitigation requirement by purchasing mitigation credits from an approved mitigation bank.
  • In-lieu fee mitigation: Applicant satisfies the mitigation requirement by purchasing mitigation credits through the N.C. Division of Mitigation Services.
  • Project-specific mitigation: Applicant satisfies the mitigation requirement themselves, either at the project site or at an off-site location.

Nutrient Offset Mitigation may be required for any new or existing development where nutrient reduction requirements exist as part of a nutrient management strategy. In North Carolina, there are four nutrient management strategies: Neuse River Basin, Tar-Pamlico River Basin, Falls Lake Watershed and Jordan Lake Watershed. Please visit the Division of Water Resource's Planning Section website for more information on Nutrient Practices and Crediting. This map is a very useful tool provided by DWR that provides site-specific details including the Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC), river basin, watershed, sub-watershed, and delivery factors where applicable. 

Purchasing nutrient offset credits from a private mitigation bank or the NC Division of Mitigation Services (DMS) are options available to new or existing development where nutrient reduction requirements exist. All payments must be in compliance with 15A NCAC 02B .0240 and G.S. 143-214.26.

Riparian Buffer Mitigation may be required for any project within an area covered by a Riparian Buffer Protection Rule for impacts to the protected riparian buffer listed as "(potentially) allowable with mitigation" or "prohibited" in the Table of Uses. For more information about the Riparian Buffer Protection Rules, including the Table of Uses, click here.

Guidance Documents

Templates

Private Mitigation Banks

***NEW!***   To see a map of nutrient offset and buffer mitigation banks in NC, click here. 

Neuse River Basin (excluding Falls Lake Watershed)

For more information about the Neuse Nutrient Management Strategy, click here.

 Service Area (where credits can be provided) Private Bank Sponsor / Contact for Sales Mitigation Bank Site Name Buffer Credit Available? Nutrient Offset Credit Available? UMBI BPDP Credit Ledgers1
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) EBX Neuse 1, LLC(RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Arrington Bridge Phase I Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) Wildlands Holdings II, LLC
Robert Bugg
704-332-7754 x105
Buck Swamp Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) EBX Neuse 1, LLC (RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Buffalo Branch Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) Wildlands Holdings II, LLC
Robert Bugg
704-332-7754 x105
Caraway Creek Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) Wildlands Holdings III, LLC
Robert Bugg
704-332-7754 x105
Falling Creek Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) Wildlands Holdings III, LLC
Robert Bugg
704-332-7754 x105
Grantham Branch Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) Restoration Systems, LLC
Tiffani Bylow
919-334-9123
Half Mile Branch Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledger
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) EBX Neuse 1, LLC (RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Hannah Bridge Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) EBX Neuse 1, LLC (RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Meadow Spring Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) Wildlands Holdings II, LLC
Robert Bugg
704-332-7754 x105
Old Savannah Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) Restoration Systems, LLC
Tiffani Bylow
919-334-9123
Pancho Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) EBX Neuse 1, LLC (RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Polecat Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) EBX Neuse 1, LLC (RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Poplar Creek Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledger
03020201 – Neuse (excluding Falls) EBX Neuse 1, LLC (RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Selma Mill Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) EBX Neuse 1, LLC (RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075

Stone Creek

Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) EBX Neuse 1, LLC (RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Uzzle  Yes No UMBI BPDP Ledger
03020201 - Neuse (excluding Falls) Restoration Systems, LLC
Tiffani Bylow
919-334-9123
Weaver Farm Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledgers
03020202 - Neuse GreenVest / Flat Swamp, LLC
Robert Kessler
919-943-3374
Flat Swamp Yes Yes UMBI   Ledger
03020202 - Neuse Greene Environmental Services, LLC
Jeffrey Becker
919-215-3899
LaGrange Phase I Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020202 - Neuse Greene Environmental Services, LLC
Jeffrey Becker
919-215-3899
LaGrange Phase II Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020203 – Neuse Greene Environmental Services, LLC
Jeffrey Becker
919-215-3899
Contentnea /
Little Contentnea Creek
Yes Yes UMBI   Ledgers
03020203 - Neuse EBX Neuse 1, LLC(RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Nahunta No Yes UMBI   Ledgers
03020204 – Neuse EBX Neuse 1, LLC(RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Marston No Yes UMBI   Ledgers

1 Credit ledgers are updated monthly when possible and are audited by DWR annually. Please contact the bank directly for current credit availability.

Falls Lake Nutrient Management Application

For more information about the Falls Lake Nutrient Management Strategy, click here.

Service Area (where credits can be provided) Private Bank Sponsor / Contact for Sales Mitigation Bank Site Name Buffer Credit Available? Nutrient Offset Credit Available? UMBI BPDP Credit Ledgers1
Upper & Lower Falls Lake Watersheds2 Environmental Banc & Exchange, LLC(RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Cedar Grove Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
Upper &Lower Falls Lake Watersheds2 Environmental Banc & Exchange, LLC
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Hatley Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
Upper & Lower Falls Lake Watersheds Wildlands Holdings V, LLC
Robert Bugg
704-332-7754 x105
North Fork Little River Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledger
Upper & Lower Falls Lake Watersheds Wildlands Holdings V, LLC
Robert Bugg
704-332-7754 x105
Wolfe Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledgers
Lower Falls Lake Watershed Environmental Banc & Exchange, LLC(RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Ezell Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers

1 Credit ledgers are updated monthly when possible and are audited by DWR annually. Please contact the bank directly for current credit availability.

2 Impacts in the Upper Falls Watershed must be offset by nutrient reductions (Bank or NCDMS) in the Upper Falls Watershed; impacts in the Lower Falls Watershed may be offset by nutrient reductions in either the Lower Falls or Upper Falls Watersheds.

JordanLake Nutrient Management Application

For more information about the Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Strategy, click here.

Service Area (where credits can be provided) Private Bank Sponsor / Contact for Sales Mitigation Bank Site Name Buffer Credit Available? Nutrient Offset Credit Available? UMBI BPDP Credit Ledgers1
Upper New Hope Arm EBX-EM, LLC(RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Ivey Ferguson No Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
Upper New Hope Arm
EBX-EM, LLC(RES)
Caitlan Parker
919-209-1075
Maple View No Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
Upper New Hope Arm Watershed Investments NC, LLC
Mike Hermann
919-559-6264
Neville Farms Phase I Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledgers
Upper New Hope Arm Watershed Investments NC, LLC
Mike Hermann
919-559-6264
Neville Farms Phase II Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledgers
Haw River Arm Restoration Systems, LLC
Tiffani Bylow
919-334-9123
Bass Mountain Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
Haw River Arm Restoration Systems, LLC
Tiffani Bylow
919-334-9123
Benton Branch Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledgers
Haw River Arm Restoration Systems, LLC
Tiffani Bylow
919-334-9123
Motes Creek Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
Haw River Arm Restoration Systems, LLC
Tiffani Bylow
919-334-9123
Orphan Creek Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledgers
Haw River Arm Restoration Systems, LLC
Tiffani Bylow
919-334-9123
Rocky Top Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledgers
Haw River Arm Wildlands Holdings IV, LLC
Robert Bugg
704-332-7754 x105
South Fork Yes Yes MBI BPDP Ledgers
Haw River Arm Wildlands Holdings IV, LLC
Robert Bugg
704-332-7754 x105
UT to Pine Hill Branch Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers

1 Credit ledgers are updated monthly when possible and are audited by DWR annually. Please contact the bank directly for current credit availability.

Randleman Lake Water Supply Nutrient Management Application

For more information about the Randleman Lake Water Supply Nutrient Management Strategy, click here.

Service Area (where credits can be provided) Private Bank Sponsor / Contact for Sales Mitigation Bank Site Name Buffer Credit Available? Nutrient Offset Credit Available? UMBI BPDP Credit Ledgers1
03030003 - Randleman Lake Watershed Wildlands Holdings V, LLC
Robert Bugg
704-332-7754 x105
Loflin Dairy Phase II Yes No UMBI BPDP Ledger

1 Credit ledgers are updated monthly when possible and are audited by DWR annually. Please contact the bank directly for current credit availability.

Tar-PamlicoNutrient Management Application

For more information about the Tar-Pamlico Nutrient Management Strategy, click here.

Service Area (where credits can be provided) Private Bank Sponsor / Contact for Sales Mitigation Bank Site Name Buffer Credit Available? Nutrient Offset Credit Available? UMBI BPDP Credit Ledgers1
03020101 - Tar-Pamlico Mogensen Mitigation, Inc.
Rich Mogensen
336-554-2728
Tar River Headwaters Yes Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020103 - Tar-Pamlico Greene Environmental Services, LLC
Jeffrey Becker
919-215-3899
Barlow Canal No Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020103 - Tar-Pamlico Greene Environmental Services, LLC
Jeffrey Becker
919-215-3899
Evans Ballahack No Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers
03020103 - Tar-Pamlico Greene Environmental Services, LLC
Jeffrey Becker
919-215-3899
Pactolus No Yes UMBI BPDP Ledgers

1 Credit ledgers are updated monthly when possible and are audited by DWR annually. Please contact the bank directly for current credit availability.

Umbrella MitigationBanking Instruments

Umbrella Mitigation Banking Instruments (UMBI) that are not associated with a Mitigation Bank Site at this time are listed below:

Proposed UMBIs and BPDPs

To view proposed Umbrella Mitigation Banking Instruments (UMBI) and Bank Parcel Development Packages (BPDP), please click here.

N.C. Division of Mitigation Services

For information about the In-Lieu Fee mitigation programs offered by the N.C. Division of Mitigation Services, click here.