Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Wetlands Mitigation Bank Act of 1993 Law and Legal Definition

Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Wetlands Mitigation Bank Act of 1993, provides for the protection of wetlands in Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley. Wetland banking, allows developers to buy preserved habitat, offers a valuable option to isolated and sometimes weak onsite mitigation efforts. Wetland banking is also, perhaps, the best solution for allowing development while preserving natural wetland. This Act states that wetlands are an important natural resource of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley because they provide significant habitat for migratory waterfowl of the Pacific flyway, for endangered species, and for many other resident wildlife and fish populations. Wetlands provide additional public benefits, including water quality improvement, flood protection, stream bank stabilization, recreation, and scientific research. Large wetland preserves in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley, under certain circumstances, can provide an environmentally preferable alternative to a number of small, isolated wetland preserves of the same type surrounded by urban development.

The statute of California Cal Fish & G Code § 1776 lays down the purpose of the Act:

1. To provide for the protection, preservation, restoration, enhancement, and expansion of the wetland habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley.

2. To promote the protection, preservation, restoration, enhancement, and expansion of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley wetlands in concert with other federal, state, and local programs, and interested parties.

3.To improve cooperative efforts among private, nonprofit, and public entities for the management and protection of wetlands.

4. To assure that no net loss of either wetland acreage or habitat values results from activities pursuant to this chapter in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley that otherwise comply with state and federal law.