(1)General Policy on Removal-Fill. No authorization to place fill or remove material from the waters of this state may:
(a)Interfere with the paramount policy of this state to preserve the use of its waters for navigation, fishing and public recreation uses; or
(b)Be inconsistent with the protection, preservation and best use of the water resources of this state.
(2)Department Will Use Fair, Predictable Approach. To the extent possible, the Department will administer these rules to ensure persons receive timely, fair, consistent and predictable treatment including timely communication and consistent application and interpretation of these rules and the Removal-Fill Law.
(3)Department Will Continually Improve the Program. The Department will actively and continually pursue improvements to the authorization process in order to reduce paperwork, eliminate duplication, increase certainty and timeliness, and enhance protection of water resources.
(4)Department Will Recognize Multiple Interests. The Department will recognize the interests of adjacent landowners; tribal governments; public interest groups; soil and water conservation districts; drainage, irrigation and diking districts; watershed councils; state and federal agencies; and local government land use planning agencies.
(5)Department’s General Policies on Wetland Regulation. In regard to the regulation of wetlands, the Department will administer these rules to ensure that:
(a)The protection, conservation and best use of this state’s wetland resources, including their functions and values, are promoted through the integration and coordination of the local comprehensive plans and the Department permitting process; and
(b)A stable wetland resource base is maintained through avoidance of reasonably expected adverse impacts, and by compensating for unavoidable wetland impacts.
(6)Restoration and Conservation Programs. The Department will encourage and facilitate the restoration of waters of this state through voluntary restoration and conservation programs.
(7)Compensatory Mitigation. Through its permitting and enforcement programs, the Department will seek to offset losses of the functions and values of the water resources of this state.
(8)Mitigation Banks. The Department will allow the use of mitigation banks to offset adverse effects from removal or fill activities to the waters of this state.
Rule 141-085-0506 — Policy,