Wetland Delineation, Restoration, and Permitting
Eco-Tech has a reputation as one of the top wetland restoration design firms in the region. Over the last several years we have performed wetland delineations and assessments, permitted impacts through federal and state agencies, and implemented restoration strategies in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Illinois, and Mississippi. Our staff repeatedly has led training seminars on the ever changing CWA regulations and passive design methodology. At Eco-Tech, our goal is simple - facilitate our client’s project need in a cost-effective manner without sacrificing the science of wetland restoration in the process.
Eco-Tech personnel have performed hundreds of wetland delineations in a variety of settings and habitats. We routinely incorporate data from the U.S. Geological Survey, Natural Resource Conservation Service, USFWS National Wetland Inventory (NWI), National List of Plant Species that Occur in Wetlands, Hydric Soils of the United States, and local coverages to develop jurisdictional site maps. Equipped with applicable data, we conduct site investigations using the 1987 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wetland Delineation Manual as reference in order to provide jurisdictional wetland boundaries.
Additionally, we have extensive experience in the functional assessment of aquatic habitats. Our staff has performed evaluations using USACE Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) assessment methodology, USEPA’s Rapid Bioassessment Protocols (RBP), Vegetation Index of Biotic integrity (VIBI), Invertebrate Community Index (ICI), the Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM), Ohio’s Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI), and USFWS Wetland Evaluation Technique (WET). In many cases one or more of these indices are employed to quantify losses and gains under a compensatory mitigation framework.
Eco-Tech has a proven record in complex wetland permitting and mitigation projects. We frequently obtain regulatory approvals from such agencies as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Louisville, Huntington, Nashville, and Savannah Districts) and the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia.
As an extension of our wetland and stream services, Eco-Tech provides design build alternatives using an in-house implementation crew skilled in construction supervision and management, acquisition of specialized material, and installation of native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
Wetland Services Include:
- Jurisdictional delineation
- Surveying and mapping
- 401/404 permitting
- Restoration design/planning
- Construction supervision
- Success monitoring
- Wetland banking economic consultation
- Wetland ecological assessments
- Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) functional assessments
- Waterfowl management
- Invasive species management/removal
- Interpretative/education planning
- Treatment wetland design
NEPA established nationwide policy and goals for the protection, maintenance, and enhancement of the environment. The NEPA process consists of an evaluation of the environmental effects of federal actions, which are projects that involve federal funding or permits from federal agencies. Several levels of NEPA analysis can occur depending on whether a project could significantly affect the environment. These levels include Categorical Exclusion (CE); Environmental Assessment (EA); Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI); and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Eco-Tech scientists have prepared all or portions of NEPA-related documents for a variety of clients. We understand that the NEPA process is intended to assess the reasonable alternatives to proposed actions that will avoid or minimize adverse effects of these actions upon the quality of the human environment. It is a decision-making process in the best public interest.
Eco-Tech has completed numerous environmental documents for transportation agencies, resource agencies, and federally-permitted private clients.