Corps of Engineers Permits

Our team of stream and wetland scientists can assist with compliance with and permitting under the Clean Water Act, such as Corps of Engineers jurisdictional determinations. We can provide these for your property, tract of land, or project site. Once a very simple concept, is now a complex process. Located in Lexington, Kentucky we regularly consult with various Corps Districts and can help facilitate your project while meeting regulatory requirements. Corps of Engineers permits can be avoided with careful planning but sometimes a permit cannot be avoided and will be required for your project. We are equipped to apply for Corps permits for smaller projects that meet Nationwide Permit (NWP) conditions or larger projects which require an Individual Permit (IP).

Biological Systems Consultants performs ecological and environmental studies for Clean Water Act compliance, monitors and assesses water quality, provides hydrological modeling, and develops project alternatives such as watershed management plans that provide a balance of business objectives with agency requirements. Biological Systems Consultants also conducts wetland determinations and delineations, collecting information on vegetation, hydrology, and soils to accurately characterize the absence or presence of wetlands. Based on the results, we develop wetland mitigation strategies and develop mitigation plans to offset wetland impacts. Biological Systems Consultants provides a full suite of stream and wetland assessment and mitigation plan services.

For example:

BSC prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) and supporting studies for a proposed coal mine operation in Whitley County, KY.

The EA assessed the potential environmental impacts from the proposed mine site on endangered species, streams and wetlands, and archaeological resources on this site. These assessments provided the needed scientific documents to allow for permitting of the NPDES, Corps of Engineers, and SMCRA permits required to begin the operation. This project was found to provide an overall “lift” to the aquatic resources on this site which had been disturbed by pre-SMCRA mining. Our client was able to restore miles of abandoned highwalls and thousands of feet of streams that had been previously impacted. Natural rock and log vanes were used to provide stream habitat for macroinvertebrates and other aquatic life.

Jurisdictional Determination Clean Water Act

Jurisdictional Determination Clean Water Act

 

Wetland Delineations

Using the 1987 manual and regional supplements we provide wetland delineations to meet your project needs. The following map provides reference for the related regional supplement manual for your site.