Miller Creek, running under a road
In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Stream Mitigation Program

The Iowa DNR is working with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to establish a statewide In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Mitigation Program for stream impacts. The ILF Program will fill a niche in the USACE hierarchy, providing an efficient means of meeting permit requirements for permit holders while providing a process to create more ecological lift on the landscape. The process to create the program contains many steps over a long period of time. This page will serve as a repository for publicly available information useful to understanding this process.


Feasibility Analysis - Iowa DNR

Timeline of ILF Program Development - USACE

The DNR River Restoration Strategy blends many tools from a variety of internal and external stakeholders. More information about the tools that advised the ILF process can be found: USACE's Iowa Stream Mitigation Method.

Upcoming Meetings

The DNR will host a public meeting to discuss plans to develop a Stream In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Compensatory Mitigation program on September 20, 2017 at the Urbandale Public Library from 1 to 3pm.

The draft agenda is as follows:

  • Bill Ehm, Division Admin - Introductory Remarks
  • Claire Hruby - Iowa Mitigation Method review
  • Amy Bentley - ILF Feasibility Analysis results
  • Jeff Berckes - ILF 101, plans, and timeline
  • All - Q&A

Urbandale Public Library
3520 86th St.
Urbandale, IA 50322

9/20/2017 | 1:00-3:00 PM

Contact Information

Jeff Berckes -
In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program Manager
Phone: 515-725-8391 Fax: 515-725-8201