ClearWater Environmental has conducted wetland and stream delineations including GPS mapping of these features on over 100,000 acres in North Carolina. Our delineation and subsequent verification with the Corps of Engineers are a key part of successful land development planning.
Regulatory Compliance and Clean Water Act Section 404 and 401 Permitting of the required for the discharge of fill material into streams, wetlands and open waters.
ClearWater Environmental conducts wetlands and Stream Mitigation Planning and Implementation as required to replace the loss of wetland and stream function and values. Compensatory mitigation is defined as the restoration, creation, enhancement, or in exceptional cases preservation of wetlands and/or other aquatic resources for the purpose of compensating for unavoidable impacts.
The Mitigation Sequence
- Avoid – Adverse impacts to aquatic resources are to be avoided and no discharge shall be permitted if there is a practicable alternative with less adverse impact.
- Minimize – If impacts cannot be avoided, appropriate and practicable steps to minimize adverse impacts must be taken.
- Compensate – Appropriate and practicable compensatory mitigation is required for unavoidable adverse impacts which remain. The amount and quality of compensatory mitigation may not substitute for avoiding and minimizing impacts.
- Protected Species Assessments and Monitoring
- Habitat Conservation Plans
- Protected Plant Surveys and Relocations
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Section 7 and Section 10 Consultations
- GIS/GPS Mapping