As described in the attached Public Notice, the Land Learning Foundation has requested approval for an in-lieu fee (ILF) mitigation project in Lincoln County, Missouri. The project site encompasses a reach of Big Creek, a perennial tributary to the Cuivre River. The Land Learning Foundation refers to this project as the Big Creek site, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) has designated this project as MVS-2017-868. The project proposes to restore, protect, and maintain 5,471 linear feet of perennial stream channel and wooded riparian corridor along Big Creek. The restored and preserved corridor will generally extend 50 - 300 feet perpendicular from the channel banks. This consists of tree plantings and the removal of any invasive species.
The stabilization component of the project will restore bank stability to approximately 2,010 linear feet of channel with actively failing, near-vertical banks. The proposed stabilization consists of a combination of rock vanes, longitudinal peaked stone toe protection, and vegetative staking. If approved by the Corps, the Big Creek site will create a total potential mitigation credit release of 16,270 stream credits. The Land Learning Foundation would make the stream credit available to Department of the Army permittees seeking to fulfill requirements to purchase compensatory mitigation credit, to offset losses of aquatic functions and services. The Corps solicits your comment on the proposed mitigation project. Responses are due to this office no later than July 11, 2018