mitigation timeline

Wetlands and streams are protected in large part because they are nature’s means of helping filter our water. Wetlands provide balance to the earth’s ecology.

The Mitigation Banking Timeline provides comprehensive information about how and why mitigation banking became the Gold Standard for offsetting unavoidable impacts to the nation’s wetland and streams. The timeline covers important milestones in the nation’s changing perception of environmental issues and the legislation that followed – from the 1960s until today.

Use the menu or click the following links to learn more about the history of mitigation banking.


Attitudes Toward Ecological Issues Shift

Legislative Action Follows

Growing Acceptance and Implementation of Mitigation

Is This Working?

The Final Rule


The timeline is also available in a downloadable PDF form.


Mitigation Timeline information compiled and summarized from various sources, including:
Carroll, Nathaniel, Jessica Fox, and Ricardo Bayon. Conservation and Biodiversity Banking: A Guide to Setting Up and Running Biodiversity Credit Trading Systems. London and Sterling: Earthscan, 2008. Print.
Denny, Jemma. Personal Interview. July 2012.
EPA at 40. 2012. United States Environmental Protection Agency. July 2012.


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