Lashley Joins Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Chesapeake Trust
As part of GreenVest’s on-going efforts to provide leadership and advocacy in the environmental field, President Doug Lashley has recently accepted two new positions with some of the Chesapeake Bay’s strongest and most innovative conservation efforts.
In January 2015, Doug was honored to accept a position as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, which has been working since 1971 to fulfill its mission of bringing together “individuals, organizations, businesses and governments to find collaborative solutions, to build a strong commitment to stewardship, and to deliver innovative, broadly-supported programs that benefit the land, waters, and residents of the Chesapeake Bay.”
In addition to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Doug is also excited to accept a role as an Advisory Committee Member for the Chesapeake Trust Fund Financing Task Force, a new University of Maryland collaboration between the Environmental Finance Center and the Center for Social Value Creation.
Doug is past president and a current board member of the National Mitigation Banking Association.
A white paper recently released by the National Mitigation Banking Association provides critical guidance for seven universal principles of compensatory mitigation regardless of regulatory authority. While environmental offsets would likely be as diverse as the impacts themselves, consistent mitigation standards should be applied to all mitigation to assure the offset is fully provided in function over time. This free concise resource for government, non-profits, and industry was authored to support high environmental standards and to enable increasingly streamlined permitting.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 15, 2015 – The National Mitigation Banking Association (NMBA) announced today Barton James has been named Executive Director for the association.
“Barton has been instrumental in shaping national conservation policy for over two decades. He brings a wealth of experience to our membership through his work on and off Capitol Hill, within the Federal government, and at leading conservation organizations,” said NMBA Executive Board President Wayne White. “His understanding of complex conservation issues paired with his advocacy and campaign experience has uniquely prepared him to lead the next evolution of our association as our first-ever executive director.” >Read More via 2015-bartonjames
“There are many places where the ground is literally covered, and the whole heavens completely blackened, with innumerable flocks of countless numbers of geese, ducks, brants, cranes, and all the various noisy tribes, of all the feathered creation.” – Lansford W. Hastings in The 1845 Pioneers Guide for the Western Traveler
Since colonial times Americans have worked fervently to drain and fill the estimated 225
million acres of wetlands that graced what eventually became the contiguous United States.
The Swamp Land Acts of 1849, 1850, and 1860 formally declared wetlands a menace and
hindrance to land development, and encouraged their drainage and development. America
agreed, and worked to dry up more than half of the sponge that absorbs and stores
floodwaters; to scoop out the great marshy gills that filter pollutants from runoff; and to
dredge the productive nurseries that maintain aquatic and avian life. America’s wetlands, that support one-third of our threatened and endangered species,
continued to suffer from railroads that made agriculture more profitable, a growing taste for
beaver pelts and sugar, and muddled laws that regarded land as private and water as public.
The Industrial Revolution as well as growth and development of our U.S. Government led
military presence have also clearly extracted their toll. It wasn’t until the last few decades that
the irreplaceable value of wetlands and importance of water quality has become clearer. And
while we have a better understanding today of how wetlands benefit our environment,
calculating the ecological services wetlands perform is still an evolving science.
Knowing our history and understanding our loss is an important step to begin to
compensate for our nation’s mistakes during a time when we knew no better. When
Americans know the story of their wetlands, they will understand why remaining
swamps and marshes at the edges of their fields, their subdivisions, their shopping
malls, and their industrial parks, all require and need protection.
History of Federal Wetland Law
The first regulatory recognition of the need to protect wetlands is found in the 1972
Clean Water Act (CWA). Specifically, Section 404 of the CWA requires a permit to
discharge dredged or fill materials into waters of the U. S. Two other key provisions
of the CWA include the requirement to avoid and minimize impacts when possible,
and the requirement to provide compensatory mitigation for unavoidable impacts.
These clauses are still prevalent today and referred to as sequencing. > Read More HistoryOfMitigationBanking
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