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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Bat Habitat Assessment & Mist Netting

Bat Habitat Assessment & Mist Netting One of our Section 7 ESA services included this bat habitat assessment and mist netting project for a planned resource extraction site, mist netting was employed following the 2016 Range Wide Indiana Bat Summer Survey Guidelines. Prior to sampling a summer and winter habitat assessment was performed. In Harlan County, Kentucky an approximately 300 acre tract of land was surveyed and clearance was recommended due to no captures of Threatened or Endangered species. Biological Systems Consultants’ bat survey team is equipped to take on all of your bat survey needs. Our staff is fully permitted and qualified to conduct surveys for the endangered Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis), threatened Northern Long Eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) and other bats throughout much of their range, and has extensive experience with habitat assessments, summer and fall mist-net surveys and mine portal surveys, and acoustic monitoring and analysis. If you have any questions about your Section 7 ESA compliance or the new 4(d) rule issued for the Northern Long Eared bat, or have been requested to address bats on your project for any reason, please give us a call and we will be happy to walk you through the process and take care of all your bat survey needs. Contact us or request a quote today. See additional services here. Bat Facts: The Indiana bat(Myotis sodalis) was originally listed as being in danger of extinction under the  Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966 (32 FR 4001, March 11, 1967), and is currently listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended. Their scientific name, myotis sodalis, means “mouse ears” (myotis) and “companion” (sodalis). They feed on small insects and have a typical lifespan of 14 years. After hibernation, Indiana bats move toward hardwood forests, where the females will congregate together under the loose bark of trees for their babies, and the males will roost by themselves....

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Section 7 ESA Consultation

Section 7 ESA consultation is required for projects to identify whether any proposed or listed species are located within a given area of a proposed action. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) requires project review information to meet the requirements of Section 7(c) of the Endangered Species Act (EA) of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Potential direct, indirect, and cumulative effects to federally lusted species or their critical habitat must be considered during the evaluation. Migratory birds  must also be considered during these evaluations under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA). Non-federal type projects are not subject to Section 7, however, Section 9 of the Act may prohibit certain activities that may affect federally listed species. For an evaluation and consultation of your project please contact us or request a quote today. See additional services here.   According to the USFWS website (www.fws.gov) the following provides a brief description of Section 7 ESA Consultation for informal and formal consultations: Informal Section 7 ESA Consultation Under Section 7, Federal agencies must consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) when any action the agency carries out, funds, or authorizes (such as through a permit) may affect a listed endangered or threatened species. This process usually begins as informal consultation. A Federal agency, in the early stages of project planning, approaches the Service and requests informal consultation. Discussions between the two agencies may include what types of listed species may occur in the proposed action area, and what effect the proposed action may have on those species. If the Federal agency, after discussions with the Service, determines that the proposed action is not likely to affect any listed species in the project area, and if the Service concurs, the informal consultation is complete and the proposed project moves ahead. If it appears that the agency’s action may affect a listed species, that agency may then prepare a biological assessment to assist in its determination of the project’s effect on a species.  Formal Section 7 ESA Consultation and the Biological Opinion When a Federal agency determines, through a biological assessment or other review, that its action is likely to adversely affect a...

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West Virginia Selenium Fish Tissue

West Virginia Selenium Fish Tissue Biological Systems Consultants’ West Virginia Selenium Fish Tissue survey and NPDES compliance team is equipped to take on all of your NPDES compliance needs. Recent developments in NPDES compliance include West Virginia’s 2016 revised criterion which employs water column and fish concentrations for compliance. West Virginia Selenium Fish Tissue will compliance include bioaccumulation factors which will be applied to determine water column concentrations. Collection in lakes are collected by gill nets, hook and line, or electroshocking methods according to U.S. EPA Fish Field and Laboratory Methods for Evaluating the Biological Integrity of Surface Waters. Collection in streams will be collected by standard electroshocking methods according to U.S. EPA Fish Field and Laboratory Methods for Evaluating the Biological Integrity of Surface Waters. West Virginia Selenium Fish Tissue sampling will likely be conducted before NPDES are issued and may occur throughout the lifetime of these permits. NPDES permit projects are complicated in nature and have many different project requirements. Finally, our staff is fully permitted and qualified to conduct surveys in multiple states and is prepared for each project by focusing on NPDES compliance. Selenium Fish Tissue Sampling frequencies are conducted by Biological Systems Consultants following local and federal guidelines. Following the standard operating procedures (SOP) for selenium fish tissue sampling set forth by local regulatory authority we maintain scientific collectors permits. Hence, this allows BSC to provide field personnel with extensive experience identifying the target species as required by the protocols and helping comply with the project specific requirements mandated by the local and federal laws. In conclusion, if you have any questions about your Section 402 NPDES Selenium Fish compliance or have been requested to address selenium fish tissue sampling on your project for any reason feel free to Contact us or request a quote today. Our fish tissue collection team strives to be cost effective and project oriented to ensure our clients receive the attention they need for each project. We will get your samples collected and analyzed in a timely and cost effective manner. See additional services...

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