Mike Enright, conservation biologist with Five Rivers, said about 100 acres have been restored, partly as wetlands. In 2012 through June of this year, residential and commercial developers, working through a permit process with the U.S. Corps of Engineers, will pay or have committed to paying $560,000 to MetroParks. Farming provided $232,000 in revenue from 2009 to 2012. The wetland credits cover nine acres, so it’s expected that more revenue will flow as wetland credits are sold, Enright said.
Developers include Mark Fornes Realty, Liberty Land Co., American Retail Company or Watson’s, Fischer Development Corp., Romanelli and Hughes Building Co., and Enterprise Liquids Pipeline, LLC., for the ATEX Express Pipeline. Those projects are in Montgomery, Butler and Warren counties, Enright said.