The Clean Water Act mandates that development projects result in “no net loss” of natural resources–meaning any unavoidable impacts must be fully mitigated. These requirements are driving rapidly rising demand for land-based environmental offsets, particularly for wetland and stream resources.
In addition, public agencies across the country are turning to the private sector to deliver regionally significant restoration projects that meet water quality or other environmental goals. Under the terms of these new ‘performance based contracts’, companies like EIP shoulder the risk of providing finance, design and construction for large land-based projects, and receive payment only when contracted-for milestones are achieved. This results in meaningful public/private partnerships where the public sector sets objectives and performance standards, and the private sector provides capital and experience to achieve them.
EIP meets the demand for efficient and effective forms of compliance through our differentiated strategy: investing in ecological restoration at scale. Through the conservation and restoration of our properties, we generate stream, endangered species and wetland credits for our customers while producing risk-adjusted returns for our investors-and lasting environmental benefits.