Ecosystem Investment Partners is financing and building stream restoration to provide Maryland state and county entities with high quality nutrient and sediment reduction offsets to help them meet water quality requirements.
The Maryland Water Quality projects are large-scale stream restoration sites operated by EIP-the county’s leading provider of environmental credits. The Maryland Water Quality projects include 113 acres of private land in Cecil County.
Under the Clean Water Act, various Maryland municipal entities are required to offset storm water, nutrient and sediment discharges to the Chesapeake Bay under their National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. These entities are now seeking to acquire their required offsets from private firms like EIP which can deliver proven outcomes like those that permittees obtain when acquiring mitigation credits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
EIP has contracted with the State of Maryland’s Bay Trust Fund to deliver 27,000 linear feet of stream restoration within the Principio Creek watershed in Cecil County, Maryland. The total anticipated reductions from these projects are 16,394 pounds of nitrogen, 3,009 pounds of phosphorus and 2,686 tons of sediment per year.