Environmental Regulations - Consultation, Permitting, and Compliance

State and Federal Endangered Species Act Compliance

EMC Planning Group can provide the services needed to comply with both state and federal endangered species act regulations. This includes consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Marine Fisheries Service, and/or other resource agencies to determine if potential special status species may occur on a project site, to coordinate survey protocols, and to determine what permits may be necessary. Compliance with state and federal endangered species laws may require preparation of Biological Assessments and Habitat Conservation Plans. This service includes preparation of these documents in coordination with the resource agency for inclusion in a permit application, consultation with the appropriate agencies to discuss impacts, and development and implementation of a mitigation plan.

In addition to permit application assistance, EMC Planning Group routinely coordinates with resource agencies as part of the environmental review process (CEQA/NEPA). For projects with potential impacts to special status species, preliminary consultation prior to permit application is completed to determine the appropriate mitigation actions and to increase efficacy of mitigation measures in the environmental document.

Clean Water Act Compliance

This service includes preliminary consultation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine necessary permits for a particular project under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Following completion of a preliminary wetland delineation, this service also includes coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to verify the wetland delineation, to confirm the required permits, and to obtain the required permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

This service also includes consultation with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board to determine water quality certification or waiver requirements for a particular project under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, as well as preparation of necessary applications to the Board for water quality certification or waiver.

California Fish and Game Code Streambed Alteration Agreement Compliance

This service includes preliminary consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to determine requirements for a Streambed Alteration Agreement for a particular project under California Fish and Game Code Section 1600 et seq. This service also includes preparation of required application materials, maps and habitat mitigation requirements, and coordination with the California Department of Fish and Game to obtain the Streambed Alteration Agreement.

Habitat Mitigation Planning and Monitoring

This service includes preparation of Habitat Mitigation Plans required for compliance with mitigation measures contained in environmental documents (i.e. Mitigated Negative Declarations, Environmental Impact Reports) and for compliance with environmental permits (i.e., Streambed Alteration Agreements, Clean Water Act regulations). Mitigation planning includes assessment of habitat replacement or restoration required to mitigate impacts and monitoring requirements to ensure success of habitat mitigation. This service also includes performing biological monitoring required as part of habitat mitigation plans or for compliance with environmental permitting requirements.

Preparation of Biological Reports and Maps, and Evaluation of Existing Reports and Management Plans

All of the reports produced during the above-described services may be prepared as stand-alone documents or as part of a larger-scale environmental review for a particular project. All reports contain maps that provide a visual description of the findings.

This service also includes technical evaluation of biological resource documents prepared by others in order to determine adequacy, assess impacts and develop mitigation measures, and/or update or revise the documents, as necessary.