WETLAND DELINEATION AND PERMITTING
- RSB Environmental is an industry leader providing Wetland Delineation, Permitting and Ecological Restoration throughout Texas and the United States by a licensed Professional Engineer.
- We can help ensure compliance with the US Army Corps of Engineers as well as State and Local Government requirements by evaluating and identifying wetland delineation areas impacted by your project.
- Employee-owned company with a dedicated team of experienced and licensed professionals who will conduct the field delineations of wetlands and prepare the appropriate documentation as required by the U.S. ACOE.
- Have peace of mind. RSB consultants understand the complexities of wetland regulations and will identify the most cost effective and efficient path to approval.
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WHAT IS A WETLAND?
According to U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE), Wetlands are defined as:
“Those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas.”
Wetlands fall under federal jurisdiction as a result of the Clean Water Act and Food Security Act of 1985. Wetlands are delineated primarily so that property owners will know which parts of their land could fall under federal regulatory jurisdiction.
The U.S. ACOE requires the presence of three conditions for an area to be considered a Wetland: wetland hydrology, wetlands vegetation and wetlands soil conditions.
WHY DELINEATE WETLANDS?
If anyone is interested in depositing dredged or fill material into waters of the United States, including wetlands, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act mandates requirement of authorization for such activities. The U.S. ACOE administers the Section 404 permitting process.
The final determination to classify an area as wetland and whether the activity requires a permit must be made by the appropriate U.S. ACOE District Office.
RSB Environmental has a team of certified and trained professionals to conduct the field delineations of wetlands and prepare the appropriate documentation as required by the U.S. ACOE.
HOW IS IT DONE?
The areas subject to jurisdiction are identified through an analysis of various maps, aerial photographs, soils information, and a ground reconnaissance. The wetland identification is performed based on the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual (1987) and various regional supplements. A detailed delineation involves extensive technical data acquisition and survey of jurisdictional boundaries. The proposed (e.g. construction) project is then overlain on the delineation, and impacts to jurisdictional areas are assessed and quantified.
If it is determined that jurisdictional areas will be affected, a permit must be obtained from the U.S. ACOE that includes: (a) General Permit (Nationwide or Regional) (b) Individual Permits.
Typical Nationwide permits take 1 to 3 months to get approval. Individual Permits typically require 6 to 24 months to process depending on the complexity of the action and whether or not an Environmental Impact Statement is required by the U.S. ACOE.
WETLAND MITIGATION AND BANKING
The U.S. ACOE and the EPA mandated that there should be no net loss of wetlands nationwide.
The Wetland Mitigation may include physical creation of wetlands from low value upland areas or may include enhancement or conservation of other existing wetlands.
There are Mitigation Banks in place that provide a large-scale mitigation program that is much less expensive on a unit basis than are smaller, individual mitigation programs.
The mitigation banks are physically in place and the value of the unit credits are established and accepted by the regulatory agencies, resulting in reduced permit negotiation time. Mitigation banking procedures are defined in the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation Rule (33 CFR 325 and 332).
RSB Environmental can help you with following services related to wetlands:
- Jurisdictional Waters Determination
- Wetland Delineation
- Corps of Engineers Section 10/404 Permitting Assistance
- Nationwide Permit
- Individual Permit
- Wetland Restoration/Creation/Enhancement
- Wetland Monitoring
- Mitigation Plans and Mitigation Banking
Why Choose RSB Environmental For Your Wetland Delineation and Permitting?
RSB Environmental has successfully completed 2000+ Environmental Site Assessments and Wetland Delineation projects in Houston and nationwide for a variety of clients including landowners, developers, commercial real estate agents and lenders. Our staff has a combined 30 plus years of experience in all types of Environmental Inspections.
Wetland Delineation and Mitigation is necessary to identify if any wetland hydrology, wetland vegetation or wetland soil conditions exist and what impact it will have on the project and property. Headquartered in Houston, Texas we also have field offices in cities across America.
All Wetland Site Assessments are completed by experienced staff and licensed, professional engineers with a minimum of 10 years experience. Our prices are affordable and cost-effective because we are a mid-size employee owned company without the overhead and expenses of a large company.
We have the available staff to complete multi-site portfolios in Texas or nationwide. We take pride in the fact that we provide quality Wetland Delineation work for less cost than our competitors.
Our Service Areas
RSB has conducted Wetland delineation and Mitigation projects nationwide. Locally RSB has completed numerous projects in Texas.