Streamlining Restoration Permitting

Environmental Markets Conference
05.01.2024
Pittsburgh, PA
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. PT

On May 1st, Sara Johnson discussed ‘Streamlining Restoration Permitting’ during the Environmental Markets Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

Permitting costs can burn through up to a third of a restoration project’s budget. Multiple states are investigating and implementing policies and programs to cut the green tape in permitting so that restoration can be implemented faster. This panel provided an introduction to streamlining efforts seen across the country, and then turn to state agency leaders in California and Virginia with first-hand experience in implementing changes to speed restoration. The two states have taken different approaches to streamlining permitting, with California providing multiple categorical exclusions or programmatic approvals in state and multi-agency permitting, and Virginia focusing on adoption of technology along with a Memorandum of Agreement with the Corps.

The Environmental Markets Conference continues to connect and convene each spring as it rotates around the U.S. serving as the powerful, independent and balanced platform for improving resiliency and sustained environmental outcomes with economic and public benefit.

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