Wetlands Services

CEC addresses and solves jurisdictional wetlands issues associated with land development and environmental remediation projects. We have extensive project experience in working with the regulatory agencies on wetlands identifications, delineations, state/federal permitting, and in designing successful programs for wetlands mitigation.

Our team of wetland specialists has the in-depth knowledge of regulatory requirements and most up-to-date project experience to produce positive, timely results.

CEC's wetlands assessments include site reconnaissance, historical background studies, and integration of proposed developments on U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) soil surveys, and National Wetland Inventory (NWI) maps. Based on a review of site conditions, CEC identifies the preliminary boundaries of jurisdictional wetlands affected by the land development in accordance with the requirements of the applicable regulatory criteria. At the present time, the 1987 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual is applicable to federal and most state regulatory programs.

Most encroachments upon wetlands and streams require state and/or federal permits, and CEC can recommend a permit application strategy based on the results of wetlands delineation, the land developer's objectives, and regulatory requirements. We have the expertise to prepare all permit applications and required supporting documentation, including identification and assessment of wetlands functions and values, alternatives analyses, and public benefits justification. CEC can design wetlands enhancement and replacement mitigation measures, and also prepare the necessary construction documentation, drawings, and specifications to support the overall project.

Permits for stream encroachments/enclosures, landfills, industrial discharges, and stream biomonitoring studies for brownfields site clearances may require biological and chemical sampling and analysis of rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. CEC has performed a variety of biological assessment studies on water bodies, including sampling, identification, and analysis of phytoplankton, zooplankton, periphyton, aquatic macrophyte, benthic macroinvertebrate, and fish communities. The CEC staff is proficient in implementing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Rapid Bioassessment Protocols for Use in Streams and Rivers (EPA/440/4-89/001) and Macroinvertebrate Field and Laboratory Methods for Evaluating the Biological Integrity of Surface Waters (EPA/600/4-90/030). CEC biologists are also trained and highly experienced in performing aquatic ecological risk assessments for sites requiring hazardous waste characterization and remediation.