Aquatic Permitting & Compliance
Critical Areas Assessments
Establishing the absence or presence of wetlands and their related boundaries, buffers, and setbacks is one of the most critical factors in the development of any site, whether it is for a single-family residence or a large commercial development. SVC offers increasingly detailed levels of critical areas assessments tailored to your project needs.
- A site reconnaissance provides prospective buyers with an overview of critical areas and the development potential of a land parcel with the approximate location and size of critical areas.
- A wetland or ordinary high water (OHW) delineation and habitat assessment identifies the boundaries, buffers, and setbacks of wetlands, shorelines and streams and potentially-regulated fish and wildlife habitat features.
- A Wetland and Fish and Wildlife Habitat Assessment Report is a detailed assessment of the existing site features and the effects that proposed development may have on them. An assessment report is usually required when building on parcels that contain wetlands, streams, shorelines or other potentially regulated critical areas.
- SVC can also provide a review of prior delineations done by other consultants or provide re-delineation services if prior wetland work is outdated or expired.
Mitigation Planning & Design
Landscape Architecture & Design
Landscape architecture is more than the eye-pleasing placement of decorative flowers and plants. Many of SVC’s projects include landscape architecture and mitigation design. Including these services in a project can help restore, protect and enhance wetlands, control stormwater runoff, restore and encourage the growth of native plant and tree species, and provide valuable habitat and food supplies for wildlife. SVC can provide expert site analysis and landscape architecture design services that add these valuable improvements to your project.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping & Design
SVC can assist our clients resolve wetland, shoreline, and code violations on their property. We coordinate with regulatory staff to determine the necessary actions and the best plan to remediate the violation and restore the disturbed critical area. The general goals and objectives for all restoration actions are to compensate for lost functions, provide additional functions whenever possible, and restore the quality of the critical area as close as possible to its state prior to the violation.
Marine & Freshwater Ecology
We use our knowledge and experience in marine and freshwater ecology to determine a project’s potential impacts to aquatic environments. These assessments are used to create mitigation plans for shorelines and streams to minimize impacts to the aquatic environment and help our clients to achieve their project goals. Our services include aquatic vegetation surveys, aquatic mitigation plans, water quality monitoring, and providing fish exclusion services for in-water work.
Scientific Diving & Documentation
NEPA/SEPA, ESA, SMA, & GMA
Our focus and understanding of aquatic projects is particularly beneficial for the environmental review process to make sure your project complies with local, state or federal regulations. We have extensive experience in successfully supporting SEPA and NEPA processes for Federally-approved projects. We understand the current application format and how each section is addressed to ensure efficient regulatory review and successful permit processing.
SVC has supported many Water Quality Certifications and CZM Consistency determinations for aquatic and wetland projects and has excellent working relationships with Department of Ecology staff.
Our team has multiple Biological Evaluation authors certified to Washington Department of Transportation standards to ensure ESA (Endangered Species Act) compliance. SVC can thoroughly and efficiently analyze potential ESA impacts and provide supporting documentation. We have strong working relationships with NOAA Fisheries and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and work diligently to ensure ESA compliance.
We provide careful analysis, interpretation, and guidance regarding relevant codes, regulations, and policy to develop solutions to a variety of client challenges. In the last 10 years, SVC has supported over 50 waterfront projects through the shoreline review processes from simple Shoreline Exemptions to highly complicated Conditional Use permits and Substantial Development Permits.