Environmental Services

Environmental Services

Technical Expertise

Innovative Project Management

Exceptional Results

 

ECI and its partners provide environmental consulting services to the construction and energy industry to help utilities sustainably manage resources, maintain compliance, and meet project goals. Our team of experts has worked in diverse and challenging environments and has extensive experience performing ecological monitoring, wildlife surveys, habitat identification, impact analyses, environmental inventories, and developing natural resource management plans. We successfully collaborate with our clients, government agencies, property owners, academic institutions, regulators, and other external stakeholders to provide advanced, sustainable, and cost-effective environmental services.

 

Construction Oversight

Our team of Construction Specialist provide guidance, direction, and oversight to ensure compliance and project execution on transmission and substation construction projects across the country. Key environmental and construction responsibilities include:

  • supervision of access and civil construction crews
  • oversight and inspection of environmental control installation, documentation in the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) fulfillment of all utility-specific requirements

ECI Construction Specialists play a pivotal role in ensuring the successful execution of construction projects. Our teams accomplish these tasks by:

  • implementing best practices in civil/utility construction
  • prioritizing safety
  • adhering to environmental compliance standards.
  • maintaining attention to detail and documentation
  • maintaining transparency and accountability throughout the construction process

Environmental Compliance and Permitting

ECI assists clients in navigating the complex, and often challenging landscape(s) of environmental compliance. We help them achieve their project goals, while meeting legal and environmental obligations. Our expertise and resources benefit a wide range of industries, including civil construction, infrastructure development, energy, utilities, and more. ECI has a range of services encompassing all aspects of regulatory compliance and permitting, allowing us to provide an end-to-end service. This grants us the ability to be a part of the entire lifecycle of a project, as outlined below.

1. Field Delineation and Desktop Data Collection: This involves conducting surveys and assessments on the project site to gather relevant data, such as environmental conditions, ecological features, and potential impacts on the area.

2. Planning: Developing a detailed strategy for the project, including identifying potential regulatory hurdles and understanding the requirements for obtaining necessary permits.

3. Regulatory Scoping: Evaluating the applicable regulations and requirements that the project must adhere to, which can vary depending on the location and nature of the project.

4. Design: Developing plans that align with the regulatory standards and requirements.

5. Permitting: Assisting clients in obtaining the required permits and approvals from regulatory authorities, ensuring compliance with environmental, safety, and other relevant regulations.

6. Compliance Inspections: Providing support throughout the construction phase to ensure that the project remains in compliance with all necessary permits and regulations.

Wetland Services

Our multi-disciplinary team of scientists and technicians provide a wide range of wetland and stream delineation services for our clients. Frequently changing and confusing federal and state regulations can present challenges for construction and development projects as well as operations.  Our understanding of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and State regulatory requirements can be instrumental to successfully plan and implement a new project. Delineation boundaries are accurately captured with GPS and can be processed and uploaded to your GIS.

Ecological Monitoring

ECI and our partners provide on-site soil, water, and wildlife monitoring services for both large and small-scale projects. Our team conducts soil and water quality monitoring of surface and ground waters for projects involving the discharge of dredge and fill materials into waters of the United States as regulated under Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act of 1972.  In addition, our team is trained and experienced to monitor wildlife and report on special status plants, amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, bats, and marine mammals. 

Aerial, Aquatic, and Terrestrial Ecology Surveys

ECI and its partners have extensive remote sensing and aerial survey experience which can be applied to stream and wetland surveys as well as wildlife surveys, including migratory birds, raptors, bats, and game species. Our team is knowledgeable in the identification of threatened and endangered species and provides a broad array of aquatic services, including freshwater species surveys, stream habitat assessments, and restoration planning.


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