Entries by Swamp Merchant

Energy & Environment Report: Fat private-equity investment buoys restoration industry

WETLANDS: Fat private-equity investment buoys restoration industry Paul Quinlan, E&E reporter Greenwire: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 A private-equity firm has raised $181 million for wetland restoration, in what industry insiders are touting as a sign that for-profit ecosystem revival is finally coming of age. At issue is the business of mitigation banking — reviving degraded […]

Well Deserved: Ecosystem Investment Partners raises $180 million for banking mitigation

Very well reported story here from Paul Quinlan of the Energy and Environment family of publications. Quinlan has written what many in the industry were already aware of, but needed wider publicity: Ecosystem Investment Partners has completed the largest capital raise in the history of the commercial mitigation industry, $180 million. Fred Danforth, Nik Dilks […]

Loaded Lovers: Virginia Department of Transportation overspends on wetland mitigation bank

Whew, I’m relieved Restoration Systems isn’t following the Virginia Department of Transportation’s business plan for mitigation — we’d be out of business. Travis Hamrick came across this TV news story revealing that VDOT had spent — get this — $5.1 million building a mitigation bank. Now that might be excusable if the agency had wetted […]

Dr. David Robinson: Father of Full-Delivery Mitigation

We just returned from the National Mitigation Banking Conference last week in Sacramento, where old friend David Robinson gave an excellent presentation on the benefits of “Full-Delivery” mitigation procurement systems. You can also view it here on his website:  http://www.full-delivery.com/ By way of background, as some readers will know, the NC Ecosystem Enhancement program is North Carolina’s unique, […]

Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program: Under Fire From Left and Right

Critics say ‘wholesale auction’ of Tennessee’s stream quality afoot By Tom Humphrey Sunday, February 19, 2012 NASHVILLE — A decade-old, multi-million dollar program for restoring degraded Tennessee streams has come under attack in the state Legislature even as Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration moves to give it new legal status. Critics of the Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program, […]