Enoree River Basin Mitigation (BMW) PRM

  • South Carolina
  • Newberry County

The Enoree River Basin Mitigation (ERBM) project includes approximately 494.75 acres of conservation easement areas comprised of two project sites: Middle Indian Creek (MIC) and Lower Indian Creek (LIC) in Newberry County, South Carolina. The ERBM project sites are made up of multiple private land holdings and are located directly adjacent to the Sumter National Forest lands. This Permittee Responsible Mitigation (PRM) project is intended to provide mitigation for jurisdictional stream and wetland impacts associated with the BMW plant expansion located in the Enoree River Basin. This project was completed under an outcome-based performance contract method, based upon the completion of predetermined milestones.

The mitigation plan includes: stream restoration and enhancement of five 1st order perennial headwater streams; floodplain area enhancement and re-vegetation; stream preservation of two 2nd order perennial streams; stream preservation of portions of Indian Creek and Gilders Creek; establishment of a 75-foot buffer to protect all streams within the conservation easement; enhancement and preservation of the surrounding wetlands; and a 50-foot buffer to protect all wetlands within the proposed conservation easements.

RES worked with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to implement a controlled burning program for the site. BMW also asked RES to assist with public relations activities including inviting local stakeholders to tour the site post-construction.