Under an Agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the CER operates the Northern Kentucky Stream Restoration Program (NKSRP). The NKSRP provides an in-lieu fee compensatory mitigation option to public and private entities that have impacted aquatic ecosystems.
The CER employs fees paid by these entities to implement stream and wetland restoration and preservation projects within a nine-county service area in northern Kentucky. As required by federal regulations, these mitigation projects replace aquatic ecosystem functions and services lost to development ("no net loss"), such as stream, wetland, and riparian habitat; water quality protection; pollutant removal; floodwater and energy dissipation; and natural area aesthetics and recreation opportunities. All NKSRP restoration projects are permanently protected by conservation easement or deed restriction for the benefit of current and future generations.
Furthermore, the NKSRP seeks to advance the practice of restoration with improved project outcomes at reduced mitigation costs, and by promoting practical methods that can be readily adopted by other practitioners.
To date, our restoration and preservation projects encompass 4,300 acres under permanent conservation protection, 83 miles of streams and 40 acres of wetlands.