Federal Guidance on the Use of Vegetated Buffers as Compensatory Mitigation Under Section 404 of the Clean Water ActBy Government of the United States View Publication
This document provides guidance on the use of vegetated buffers as a component of
compensatory mitigation plans undertaken to meet permit requirements under Section 404 of the
Clean Water Act and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The permit program
requires appropriate and practicable compensatory mitigation to offset unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources by replacing aquatic resource functions lost as a result of activities authorized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).