Mitigation to Help Restore & Protect Louisiana’s Coast

Need to offset unavoidable wetland impacts through high-quality mitigation? Credits from the Chef Menteur Pass Wetland Mitigation Bank are your ideal solution.

The Chef Menteur Pass Wetland Mitigation Bank is the only private, fully-permitted brackish marsh mitigation bank in southeastern Louisiana and is owned and operated by Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP)—a leading provider of environmental credits. Mitigation credits from EIP enable you to satisfy the requirements of your environmental permit quickly and cost-effectively while eliminating liability exposure. Credit purchases also promote the conservation and restoration of valuable coastal marsh habitat on the East Orleans Land Bridge, which is critical to our community’s ecology and storm protection.

The Chef Menteur Pass Wetland Mitigation Bank is approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fulfill mitigation requirements of Section 404 Clean Water Act permits(1) and also approved by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Office of Coastal Management (OCM) to satisfy compliance under the Louisiana Coastal Resources Program/Coastal Use Permits(2) (CUP).

East Orleans Land Bridge, LA
See Bank Service Area Map
520 acres of coastal marsh habitat restored
Assumption, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Terrebonne and Vermillon Parishes, LA

Brackish/saline marsh credits (compensatory mitigation for impacts to both brackish marsh and saline marsh wetlands and certified by Louisiana Department of Natural Resources)

To purchase mitigation credits contact:
Joe Williams

The Chef Menteur Pass Mitigation Bank serves the Deltaic Plain, comprised of the following watersheds (USGS HUCs):

  • Eastern Louisiana Coastal (08090203)
  • Lower Mississippi-New Orleans (08090100)
  • Liberty Bayou-Tchefuncte (08090201)
  • Tangipahoa (08070205)
  • Amite (08070202)
  • Tickfaw (08070203)
  • Lake Maurepas (08070204)
  • East Central Louisiana Coastal (08090301)
  • West Central Louisiana Coastal (08090302)
  • Atchafalaya (08080101)
  • Bayou Teche (08080102)
  • Vermillion (08080103)


Credits may also be used to mitigate wetland impacts in adjacent watersheds at the discretion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Restoration Initiative

Louisiana’s coastal wetlands face well known challenges including sea level rise, subsidence, and erosion. National attention is now focused on restoring these wetlands and the important functions they provide for the people of Louisiana. Coastal wetlands help protect developed areas from storm surges, improve water quality, and provide critical habitat for Louisiana’s fisheries.

The Chef Menteur Pass Wetland Mitigation Bank comprises nearly two-thirds of the vitally important East Orleans Land Bridge; a vital protective barrier between Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf of Mexico. After decades of shoreline erosion and wetland loss, the Land Bridge is at risk of being lost. EIP is reversing this loss through the restoration of the property’s marshes.

After Restoration: Marsh grasses dominate the landscape
After Restoration: Migratory birds flock to the restored Chef Menteur Pass, including the Short-billed Dowitcher
During Restoration: Heavy equipment was required for rebuilding the coastal marsh habitat
During Restoration: Aerial view of the placement of new sediment in the Chef Menteur Pass
Before Restoration: Restoration on the coast means moving millions of tons of material to fill in these large areas of open water caused by erosion and subsidence

Purchase Credits

To purchase mitigation credits or learn more, contact:
Joe Williams

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