We perform wetland delineations, no-net-loss assessments, shoreline impact assessments, habitat management plans, and mitigation plans for properties throughout the Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca.
We work with residential landowners, homeowners, developers, and the building community in a variety of protected environments. These may include wetlands, shorelines, streams and wildlife corridors, FEMA Flood Zones, and habitats for protected animals. We work with you from feasibility and planning to construction and monitoring.
Biological site assessments are commonly required when impacts like development occur within multiple regulated environments, like a Shoreline of the State, a wetland and a Aquatic Habitat Conservation Area. These studies are generally performed in two phases. Phase 1 includes identifying existing conditions, locating critical areas, and rating them.
A wetland delineation and rating are required whenever developing or impacting an area within 200 or 300 feet of a potential wetland area. The delineation identifies the boundary of the wetland which the rating helps calculate the buffer width. After the delineation and rating, a mitigation plan may be required depending on what impacts are planned.
A FEMA habitat assessment is required whenever planned development occurs within a FEMA Flood Zone. These unique areas can be along a marine or freshwater shoreline and are mapped on a federal level. The FEMA Flood Zone has no buffer, you’re either within the area and require a habitat assessment, or you’re outside and do not.
An ordinary high watermark of a Shoreline of the State or stream is commonly used as the stratification between aquatic and upland habitat. The OHWM is determined by a qualified biologist on site examining a combination of vegetative and hydraulic factors. We place markers at the OHWM for a licensed surveyor to collect for a site plan requirements.
A net loss assessment (NNL) is a study required by the Shoreline Management Act and your local Shoreline Management Program or Plan. This study documents your shorelines existing conditions and rates what functions the shorelines provide. From there we interpret how your proposed actions will increase or diminish those baseline functions and propose mitigate to successfully result in a “no net loss of shoreline function.”
Feasibility studies are generally performed while purchasing real estate to better understand the environmental risks on a property. Find out before you purchase if your intentions are doable or not. This applies for wetlands, streams and shorelines.
All our reports and studies require significant mapping and geospatial organization. Wetland ratings and shoreline assessments require specific mapping relevant to that project. Our GIS team can acquire the data needed, perform analysis, organize and present the data in maps required by regulations.
We are certified by the Washington Department of Transportation to carry out fish electrofishing and fish exclusion required for logging, culvert replacement, and other infrastructure.
Forage fish surveys are required when building on beaches over a certain size. This survey requires a beach survey by a qualified biologist and microscopic evaluation of forage fish egg presence.