The proposed work consists of establishing a freshwater wetland and stream mitigation bank in the Lynches River watershed (8-digit Hydrologic Unit Codes 03040202). The proposed 654-acre mitigation site includes approximately 616.3 acres of freshwater wetlands, 29,935 linear feet (lf) of perennial streams, and 11,066 lf of non-wetland waters (manmade ditches).
The proposal is to restore approximately 7,602 lf of Beaverdam Creek Reach 2 by redirecting flows to the Beaverdam relic channel (4,029 lf). Approximately 467 lf of UT 1 will also be enhanced by correcting existing hydrologic drainage alterations that currently prevent flows from reaching the Little Lynches River. Approximately 532.6 acres of wetlands will be enhanced through plugging/filling ditches, breaching and/or culverting existing bermed roads, and clearing pines to replace them with native wetland hardwoods. These activities will enhance existing hydrology and vegetation on the property. The bank sponsor, using a conservation easement, will protect the resulting 616.3 acres of wetlands and 26,362 lf of streams located on the bank site.