Bat Acoustic Monitoring and Analysis

Bat Acoustic  Monitoring and Analysis

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 endangered Gray Bat (Myotis grisescens) 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.

Mistnet Survey
Summer Mist Netting
Mistnet Net Mine Portal
Mine Portal Netting
Anabat
Acoustic Monitoring – Anabat Detector

Bat Mist Net Survey

Bat Mist Net Survey

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 endangered Gray Bat (Myotis grisescens) 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.

Mistnet Survey
Summer Mist Netting
Mistnet Net Mine Portal
Mine Portal Netting
Anabat
Acoustic Monitoring – Anabat Detector

KY Bat Survey

KY Bat Survey

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 endangered Gray Bat (Myotis grisescens) 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.

Mistnet Survey
Summer Mist Netting
Mistnet Net Mine Portal
Mine Portal Netting
Anabat
Acoustic Monitoring – Anabat Detector

KY Stream Restoration

KY Stream Restoration

Stream Restoration
Stream Restoration

Stream mitigation including stream restoration design and construction monitoring services. Whether it is a baseline study or full stream restoration design plan our team regularly performs these tasks to help our clients meet their project goals. Using Rosgen and standard survey trained stream restoration specialists, Biological Systems Consultants provides their clients with longitudinal profiles, profile and dimension information (plan-views, cross-sections), pebble counts, and complete Rosgen stream assessments. Using existing stream conditions or reference streams, Biological Systems Consultants provides detailed stream channel information for these types of projects.

Using our EcoDrones (UAV, sUAS, Drones) Biological Systems Consultants can also assist in stream or wetland mitigation or bond releases or pre, post, and during construction monitoring, baseline assessments by providing video, still images, or 3D modeling of sites. Capturing low-elevation data we can create or provide highly accurate DEM (digital elevation models or elevation point clouds) data to our clients to work with. This technology allows us to capture millions of points, exponentially greater than traditional survey methods. This method is also safer than putting a traditional airplane into the sky. Using the latest available technology we aim to save our clients time and money in the field and in the office and can deploy EcoDrones very quickly to complete projects.

EcoDrone Ecological Assessments

 

EcoDrone Stream and Wetland Mitigation Monitoring and Documentation Videos

General Services Video

KY Mitigation Compliance

KY Mitigation Compliance

Section 404 Clean Water Act Mitigation compliance documentation can be very difficult due to the complexity and detail of many permit conditions. 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. If you have any questions about your Section 404, 401 or other mitigation compliance Contact us or request a quote today.

 

Drone Construction Monitoring

Drone construction monitoring provides current aerial data (images, video, etc) for your construction site. Allowing for better decision making and compliance with regulatory permits. We can help provide real-time digital data from your site allowing for better decision making and monitoring of sensitive sites.

 

EcoDrone Construction Monitoring
Drone Construction Monitoring

Mitigation Monitoring

Mitigation monitoring compliance has become a very high priority for many government agencies, in particular, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. We monitor thousands of feet of stream and acres of wetlands each year and have achieved the ultimate goal of receiving a letter from the appropriate regulating agencies, indicating compliance with all mitigation monitoring conditions and the release of liability. We strive to provide our clients with cost-effective monitoring services and now our EcoDrones can provide better quality data for the agencies to review and place in their files. Request a quote today for mitigation monitoring services for your sites or contact us.

 

Jurisdictional Determination – Harlan County

Jurisdictional Determinations are conducted by BSC personnel in support of the requirements of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) to identify “waters of the U.S.” as identified by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Field surveys for the determination were conducted in accordance with the 1987 USACE Wetlands Delineation Manual (USACE, 1987) and the Final Regional Supplement for the Piedmont and Eastern Mountains Region (USACE, 2012). BSC investigators also evaluate the potential for federal jurisdiction under Section 404 of the CWA over aquatic features in the study area based on USACE revised guidance published December 2, 2008.

Kentucky contains seven Level III ecoregions. These ecoregions were defined by similarities in geology, physiography, vegetation, climate, soils, land use, wildlife, and hydrology. The proposed project area is located within the Central Appalachians ecoregion (69) which drains 23,698 square miles. Specifically, the project is within the Level IV ecoregion 69e (Cumberland Mountain Thrust Block) which encompasses 1,083 square miles. The topography in this area is characterized as highly dissected, hilly and mountainous plateau with steep ridges, very narrow ridge tops, narrow valleys, and deep coves. 69e contains elevations ranging from approximately 980’- 4,139’ in Kentucky and contains streams with high gradients, waterfalls, many riffles, few pools, and cobble or boulder substrates (Woods et al., 2002).

 

Section 404 CWA Jurisdicitonal Determination
Jurisdictional Determination

Selenium Fish Tissue Sampling

Selenium Fish Tissue Sampling

Many NPDES Permits now contain a Selenium Fish Tissue sampling trigger for collection of fish and application of EPA Method 200.8. This method identifies the amount of Selenium accumulated in the tissue of certain fish species. Biological Systems Consultants’ selenium fish sampling team is equipped to take on all of your fish survey needs. Our staff is fully permitted and qualified to conduct Selenium Fish Surveys. If you have any questions about your Section 402 NPDES permit conditions or compliance  or have been requested to collect selenium fish tissue samples on your project for any reason Contact us or request a quote today.

This methodology is outlined in the Methods for the Collection of Selenium Residue in Fish Tissue Used to Determine KPDES Permit Compliance SOP manual published by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department for Environmental Protection, Division of Water (KDOW, 2014).

Selenium Fish Tissue Sampling
Creek Chub – Selenium Fish Tissue Sampling for EPA Method 200.8

 

Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW). 2014. Methods for the Collection of Selenium Residue in Fish Tissue Used to Determine KPDES Permit Compliance. Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, Division of Water, Frankfort, Kentucky.

Archaeological Surveys

Archaeological Surveys

Archaeological surveys for Section 106 review typically requires a phase I archaeological survey using surface and subsurface investigative techniques. During this survey we encountered many Sandstone Outcrops like the one pictured below extending out of the local topography within steeply cut valleys. Biological Systems Consultants’ archaeological survey team is equipped to take on all of your cultural resource survey needs. Our staff is fully permitted and qualified to conduct surveys for historic and prehistoric sites and has extensive experience with Section 106 compliance. If you have any questions about your Section 106 compliance  or have been requested to address archaeological resources 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 archaeological survey needs.

We can walk you through the process of conducting your archaeological survey in many states including but not limited to Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana, and Massachusetts. Call us or request a quote today.

Phase 1 Archaeological Survey
Sandstone Outcrop Creating Overhang

Training for Quality Assurance

Stream Assessment Training
Training for Quality Assurance - Jesse Robinson, Brian Sharp, James Robinson, Jason Robinson, Anthony Glenn
QA / QC Training

 

At least once a year, our field teams gather for Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) Annual Training to review and demonstrate our field methods. All of our field methods are based on published Standard Operating Procedure Manuals that guide all sampling or monitoring techniques.

This is also a part of our Kentucky Division of Water Field Lab Certification Compliance Program headed by Project Scientist, Tom Wilson. 

 

Training for Quality Assurance - Jason Robinson
QA/QC Training
Aquatic Biology
Training for Quality Assurance - Stream Assessment Survey Training
Stream Assessment Survey Training

 

 

Nutrient Management – Soil Sampling

Nutrient Management – Soil Sampling

Nutrient Management and Soil Sampling for Biological Systems Consultants was recently conducted for a large soil sampling effort as part of a nutrient management and monitoring program. Soil is sampled every 1-2 years and analyzed for Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium.


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If you own or manage a farm and are interested in learning more about our experience with nutrient management in agriculture – Give us a call at (859)-263-4142 or email shaun@biologicalsystemsconsultants.com or Request a Quote.

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) are typically performed to identify potential or existing environmental contamination liabilities related to a tract of land, business, loan, lease, or other type of property transaction. A Phase 1 Environmental report is typically requested lenders and is highly recommended prior to property or land acquisitions. This assessment would help identify potential contamination in the land or water surrounding the site or help identify potential liabilities related to the property. The assessment typically addresses both the underlying land as well as physical improvements to the property. We can perform Phase 1 desktop assessments or a full Phase 1 Assessments which includes an on-site visit to verify the background information. The desktop assessment would include review of historic aerial maps, environmental database searches and current property owner questionnaires. The full Phase 1 would include an on-site visit and is usually recommended to help verify the findings of the desktop review.

A BSC desktop review would include the following:

1. Review of an environmental database
2. Review of readily available historical records for the subject property
3. A file search with local environmental oversight agencies
4. Submittal of environmental questionnaire to owner or occupant, if they are available.
5. Issuance of a Letter Report with conclusions and recommendations.

If the need for a full Phase 1 Environmental report is determined during the Desktop Review, then the desktop review information can be used for the full Phase 1 report.  To get a quote for an Environmental Desktop Review, please submit a quote request.

“In defining a standard of good commercial and customary practice for conducting an environmental site assessment of a parcel of property, the goal of the processes established by this practice is to identify recognized environmental conditions. The term recognized environmental conditions per the ASTM Standard E-1527-05 means the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products on a property under conditions that indicate an existing release, a past release, or a material threat of a release of any hazardous substances or petroleum products into structures on the property or into the ground, ground water, or surface water of the property. The term includes hazardous substances or petroleum products even under conditions in compliance with laws. The term is not intended to include de minimis conditions that generally do not present a threat to human health or the environment and that generally would not be the subject of an enforcement action if brought to the attention of appropriate governmental agencies. Conditions determined to be de minimis are not recognized environmental conditions.”

 

Phase 1 ESA
Property Location Map

Bioassessments & Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Waterfall / Step Pool / Stream Assessments

Bioassessments & Benthic Macroinvertebrates collections were conducted this week and we had to share some photos from the field during the macroinvertebrate surveys in Harlan County, Kentucky. The above average rainfall in May 2016 revealed breathtaking waterfalls in this watershed.

Waterfall / Kentucky / Harlan Co.
Waterfall / Kentucky / Harlan Co.

Biological Systems Consultants typically assesses sampling sites for Kentucky macroinvertebrates February through May in headwater streams and May through September in wadeable streams.

Waterfall / Biological Assessment
Waterfall / Biological Assessment

 

Waterfall / Step Pool / Stream Assessments
Waterfall / Step Pool / Stream Assessments
Confluence / Stream Pool / Bedrock Substrate
Confluence of two tributaries / Pool Feature

Kentucky Selenium Fish Tissue Sampling

Kentucky Selenium Fish Tissue Sampling

Kentucky Selenium Fish Tissue Sampling frequencies are conducted by Biological Systems Consultants to help our clients comply with KPDES permits issued by the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) or the EPA. Following the standard operating procedures (SOP) for selenium fish tissue sampling set forth by KDOW we maintain scientific collectors permits and provide field personnel with extensive experience identifying the target species as required by the protocol. These are very time sensitive events so keep this in mind as soon as you find out you need a sampling event conducted.

Biological Systems Consultants’ selenium fish tissue survey team is equipped to take on all of your NPDES compliance needs for this type of project. Our staff is fully permitted and qualified to conduct surveys in multiple states. 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 Contact us or request a quote today.

Many NPDES Permits now contain a Selenium Fish Tissue sampling trigger for collection of fish and application of EPA Method 200.8. This method identifies the amount of Selenium accumulated in the tissue of certain fish species. This methodology is outlined in the Methods for the Collection of Selenium Residue in Fish Tissue Used to Determine KPDES Permit Compliance SOP manual published by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department for Environmental Protection, Division of Water (KDOW, 2014).

Selenium Fish Tissue
Lepomis spp. Selenium Fish Tissue Sample

 

 

 

 

Selenium Fish Tissue Sampling

Selenium fish tissue sampling is required for exceedances of many NPDES/KPDES permit limitations. The results must be submitted on the next months DMR so depending on the sampling dates this typically reduces the available sampling time to a short period after the exceedance is determined to when the sample can be collected.

Selenium Fish Tissue Kentucky KY
Selenium Fish Tissue Sampling

Many Kentucky KPDES Permits now contain a Selenium Fish Tissue sampling trigger for collection of fish and application of EPA Method 200.8. This method identifies the amount of Selenium accumulated in the tissue of certain fish species. This methodology is outlined in the Methods for the Collection of Selenium Residue in Fish Tissue Used to Determine KPDES Permit Compliance SOP manual published by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department for Environmental Protection, Division of Water (KDOW, 2014). Contact us today for a quote.

Macroinvertebrate Analysis & Identification

Benthic Macroinvertebrate Collection and Analysis

Macroinvertebrate Analysis & Identification

Order: Ephemeroptera

Family: Ephemeridae

Genus: Ephemera

Total Number of Species: 6 (1 recently extinct)

Habitat: Lotic & Lentic Systems – Depositional Areas, consisting of sand and gravel

Habit: Burrowers

Trophic Relationships: Collectors; Predators; Filterers

North American Distribution: Widespread

 

 

Macroinvertebrate Analysis Identification

Specimen taken from an aquatic macroinvertebrate sample conducted in Bell County, Kentucky during baseline studies for an individual KPDES/NPDES permit.

 

 Contact us today or request a quote for your project.

 

Reference

Merritt, R. W., K. W. Cummins, and M. B. Berg (eds). 2008. An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America (4th ed.). Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co., Dubuque, IA 1158 pp

Spring Mitigation Monitoring

Spring mitigation monitoring has begun. This stream restoration site was permitted under the Clean Water Act using a Nationwide Permit. Natural stream design techniques were applied using a combination of Rosgen and standard survey practices using a reference reach. The restoration project has been successful in restoring fish and macroinvertebrate habitat, and has also been successful in the physical restoration of a more natural pattern, profile, plan-view and dimension. The macroinverebrate communities are highly diverse and minnows were found just below this area.

 

Stream Restoration Plan
Restored Stream Reach

 

Bioassessment
Minnow caught in net during macroinverebrate survey in restored stream channel.

 

 

 

Stream Mitigation

Stream Restoration
Stream Restoration

Stream mitigation including stream restoration design and construction monitoring services. Whether it is a baseline study or full stream restoration design plan our team regularly performs these tasks to help our clients meet their project goals. Using Rosgen and standard survey trained stream restoration specialists, we provide our clients with longitudinal profiles, plan-views, cross-sections, pebble counts, and Rosgen stream assessments. Using existing stream conditions or reference streams, we are able to provide detailed stream channel information for these types of projects.

Using our EcoDrones (UAV, sUAS, drones) we can assist in stream or wetland mitigation or bond releases or pre, post, and during construction monitoring, baseline assessments by providing video, still images, or 3D modeling of sites. Capturing low-elevation data we can create or provide highly accurate DEM (digital elevation models or elevation point clouds) data to our clients to work with. This technology allows us to capture millions of points, exponentially greater than traditional survey methods. This method is also safer than putting a traditional airplane into the sky. Using the latest available technology we aim to save our clients time and money in the field and in the office and can deploy EcoDrones very quickly to complete projects.

Acoustic Mistnet Bat Survey

Acoustic Mistnet Bat Survey

Acoustic mistnet bat survey for the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) which was listed as endangered in 1967, are provided by our federally permitted bat biologists.  Most state, federal, or local projects that require tree removal will also require a bat habitat assessment, mistnet and/or acoustical survey, or a protection and enhancement plan to protect the species and its habitat.

More recently (April 2, 2015) the Northern Long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to the white-nose syndrome which has resulted in declines of the population. This species also requires absence or presence and habitat surveys or protection and enhancement plans for projects requiring tree removal.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky we provide all bat surveying services needed for complying with the Endangered Species Act requirements for these and other bat species.

Contact us today or request a quote.