Macroinvertebrate Collection and Analysis | Aquatic Assessments

Macroinvertebrate Collection and Analysis | Aquatic Assessments – The following steps are taken from the KDOW SOP manual, and describe the methodology for collecting a multi-habitat sample in a wadeable stream: “1. The investigator will sample a variety of non-riffle habitats with the aid of an 800 x 900 μm mesh triangular or D-frame dip net. 2. Each habitat will be sampled in at least three (3) replicates. 3. After all habitats have been sampled, the contents of the mesh wash bucket will be composited into a glass, sampling jar with 95% ETOH. 4. The wash bucket will be picked clean of any remaining macroinvertebrates. 5. The sample jar will be labeled with appropriate information (Section 8.D.) and will be ready for transport to the lab for analysis. 6. Each of these following habitats will be sampled: A. Undercut Banks/Root Mats 1. These are sampled by placing a large root wad into a triangular or D-frame dip net and shaking vigorously. 2. The contents are removed from the dip net and placed into a mesh wash bucket. 3. If undercut banks are present in both run and pool areas, each is sampled separately with three (3) replicates. B. Marginal Emergent Vegetation (exclusive of water willow, Justicia Americana, beds) 1. This habitat is sampled by thrusting (i.e., “jabbing”) the dip net into the vegetation for approximately 1m, and then sweeping through the area to collect dislodged organisms. 2. Material is then rinsed in the wash bucket and any sticks, leaves and vegetation are thoroughly washed and inspected before discarding. C. Bedrock or Slab-Rock Habitats 1. These habitats are sampled by placing the edge of the dip net flush on the substrate, and disturbing approximately 0.1 m2 of area to dislodge attached organisms. 2. Material is emptied into a wash bucket, rinsed, inspected for organisms, and discarded. D. Justicia americana (water willow) Beds 1. These are sampled by working the net through a 1m section in a jabbing motion. 2. The material is then emptied into a wash bucket and any J. americana stems are thoroughly washed, inspected and discarded. E. Leaf Packs 1. Leaf packs are preferably collected from “conditioned” (i.e., not new-fall material) material when possible. 2. Samples are taken from a diversity of...

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NPDES BMP and SPCC Plans

NPDES Permit BMP and SPCC Plans The KPDES general coal permit states, “The permittee shall develop and implement a BMPP consistent with 401 KAR 5:065, Section 2(4) pursuant to KRS 224.70-110, which prevents or minimizes the potential for the release of “BMP pollutants” from ancillary activities through site runoff; spillage or leaks, sludge or waste disposal; or drainage from raw material storage. These conditions apply to all permittees who use, manufacture, store, handle, or discharge any pollutant listed as: (1) toxic under Section 307(a)(1) of the Clean Water Act; (2) oil, as defined in Section 311(a)(1) of the Act; (3) any pollutant listed as hazardous under Section 311 of the Act; or (4) is defined as a pollutant pursuant to KRS 224. 1-010(35) and who have operations which could result in (1) the release of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant, or (2) an environmental emergency, as defined in KRS 224.1-400, as amended, or any regulation promulgated pursuant thereto (hereinafter, the “BMP pollutants”). These operations include material storage areas; Plant site runoff; in-Plant transfer, process and material handling areas; loading and unloading operations, and sludge and waste disposal areas. The permittee shall implement the BMP Plan upon of the commencement of regulated activity. Modifications to the Plan as a result of ineffectiveness or Plan changes to the facility shall be implemented as soon as possible. Within 90 days of the effective date of the permit, the permittee shall evaluate the current BMP Plan and make any necessary modifications to insure its continued effectiveness. To see a list of all of our services go here. Contact us or request a quote...

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Macroinvertebrate Survey & Analysis

Benthic Macroinvertebrate Survey & Analysis Benthic macroinvertebrate survey and analysis is provided by our team of aquatic entomologists and biologists. Biological Systems Consultants’ macroinvertebrate survey team is equipped to take on all of your aquatic survey needs. Our staff is fully permitted and qualified to conduct macroinvertebrate surveys in various states and can analyze your samples if needed. If you have any questions about your biological monitoring compliance needs or programs, please give us a call and we will be happy to walk you through the process and take care of all your benthic macroinvertebrate survey and analysis needs. To see a list of all of our services go here.  See more about these services here – or  Contact us or request a quote...

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Stream & Wetland Mitigation Monitoring

Stream & Wetland Mitigation Monitoring Section 404 Clean Water Act Mitigation compliance documentation can be very difficult due to the complexity and detail of many permit conditions. In recent years we have implemented the deployment of our EcoDrones. This technology allows us to provide high resolution aerial imagery and gives our clients the data they need to make decisions and identify potential adaptive management areas or allows to display their stream & wetland mitigation monitoring and construction efforts for marketing purposes. Biological Systems Consultants specializes in regulatory compliance assistance and has been monitoring sites in multiple states for many years. Achievement of mitigation goals and objectives for stream restoration, stream enhancement, stream creation, and stream preservation projects has been our goal for years, with the final goal always being release of liability from the monitoring program. Biological Systems Consultants has been able to achieve these goals for their clients. Biological Systems Consultants’ stream mitigation compliance team is equipped to take on all of your mitigation compliance needs (baseline studies, during, post). Our staff is fully permitted and qualified to conduct stream and wetland mitigation surveys and has extensive experience with various habitat assessment protocols. See more about stream restoration services here or if you have any questions about your Section 404, 401 or other mitigation compliance Contact us or request a quote today. To see a list of all of our services go here....

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Wetland Delineation

Wetland Delineation This week we performed a wetland delineation in Whitley County, Kentucky to fulfill requirements under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The wetland delineation in Whitley County, Kentucky was conducted by BSC personnel in support of the requirements of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Field surveys for the following determination were conducted in accordance with the 1987 United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wetlands Delineation Manual (USACE, 1987) and the Final Regional Supplement for the Piedmont and Eastern Mountains Region (USACE, 2012). According to USACE “This Regional Supplement is part of a nationwide effort to address regional wetland characteristics and improve the accuracy and efficiency of wetland delineation procedures. Regional differences in climate, geology, soils,hydrology, plant and animal communities, and other factors are important to the identification and functioning of wetlands. The regional supplement was finalized in 2012 and covers all or portions of the District of Columbia and 20 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia” (USACE 2012). The determination within our report is subject to review and approval by the Nashville District of the USACE. As requested by the Nashville District USACE only the area within the vicinity of the proposed work was evaluated for the wetland delineation. As indicated in our report there was a small area that appeared to meet the soils, hydrology, and vegetation characteristics for wetlands as defined by USACE. See more of our services here. Contact us today or request a quote. References: United States Army Corps of Engineers. 1987. Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual. Technical Report Y-87-1, Department of the Army, Waterways Experiment Station. United States Army Corps of Engineers. 2012. Final Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual: Eastern Mountains and Piedmont Region, ed. J.S. Wakeley, R.W. Lichvar, and C.V. Noble. ERDC/EL TR 10-XX. Vicksburg, MS: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center....

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Phase I Archaeological Survey – Estill County, Kentucky

This Phase I Archaeological survey project purpose was to identify any archaeological resources within the project area and assess their potential eligibility for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). As a result of the investigation, one historic structure was documented. Contact us or request a quote today. See additional services here....

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