conditions.Alternately, offsitemitigation may be pursued through an approvedmitigationbank, although thisoption may result in a higher ratio for compensation. At a minimum, such plans shall include:
Baseline information, including a summary of findings for the most recent wetland delineation conducted at the ProjectSite;
Anticipated habitat enhancements to be achieved through compensatory actions, including mitigation site location (onsite enhancement or offsite habitat creation) andhydrology;
Performance and success criteria for wetland creation or enhancement including, but not limited to, thefollowing:
At least 70 90 percent survival of installed plants for each of the first three years followingplanting.
Performance criteria for vegetation percent cover in Years 1-4 as follows: at least 10 percent cover of installed plants inYear 1; at least 20 percent cover in Year 2; at least 30percent cover in Year 3; at least 40 percent cover in Year 4; andatleast 50 percent cover in Year5.
Performance criteria for hydrology in Years 1-5 as follows: 14 or more consecutive days of flooding, ponding, or a watertable 12 inches or less below the soil surface during the growing season at a minimum frequency of three of the five monitoring years; OR establishment of a prevalence of wetland obligate plant species.
Invasive plant species that threaten the success of created or enhanced wetlands should not contribute relative cover greater than 35 percent in Year 1, 20 percent in Years 2 and 3, 15 percent in Year 4, and 10 percent in Year 5.
If necessary, supplemental water shall be provided by awater truck for the first two years following installation. Any supplemental water must be removed or turned off for a minimum of two consecutive years prior to the end of the monitoring period, and the wetland must meet all othercriteria during this period. At the end of the five-year monitoring period, the wetland must be self-sufficient and capable of persistence without supplemental water.
At least 75 percent cover by hydrophytic vegetation at the end of the five-year monitoring period. In addition, wetland hydrology and hydric soils must be present and defined as follows:
Hydrophytic vegetation – A plant community occurring in areas where the frequency and duration of inundation or soil saturation produce permanently or periodically saturated soils of sufficient duration to exert a controlling influence on the plant species present.