Barker Lemar works with clients to evaluate current conditions within a project area to help navigate state and federal permitting processes related to the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act. Our environmental specialists can help ensure projects meet compliance requirements, avoid unnecessary and potentially costly project delays, and can assist with mitigation activities if necessary.
What is a wetland?
Wetlands are areas where water is present either at or near the surface of the soil year-round or for varying periods of time during the year. Wetlands are a key factor in the protection and improvement of water quality and, therefore, are a protected resource under the Clean Water Act. Learn more about wetland types here.
How do you know if your project will impact a wetland?
If you suspect or know that there are wetlands on your property, you will need to determine the location of the wetland boundaries before you can begin construction, excavation, or any activity that may cause land disturbance. Barker Lemar’s ecological team will complete an assessment of the project area which includes an initial site assessment in order to evaluate existing conditions of the survey area followed by a field investigation to confirm the presence and limits of wetlands and water courses. The field investigation, known as a wetland delineation survey, will evaluate the soils, vegetation, and hydrology of a site to determine the absence or presence of wetland boundaries.
Specific areas may require permitting from both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the applicable state regulatory agency, under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
Barker Lemar’s suite of ecological wetland services include: