EMC Planning Group biologists and planners assist clients with Ecological and Biological Services, including complying with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as other aspects of state and federal threatened and endangered species. This includes specialized knowledge and skill to complete a wide range of presence/absence surveys for special-status plants and wildlife.  

Environmental Regulation Compliance, Consultation, and Permitting Services

EMC Planning Group conducts various biological surveys and consultation for and preparation of compliance documentation, along with permit application assistance and habitat mitigation planning and monitoring for the following state and federal environmental regulations:

  • Endangered Species Act  
  • Clean Water Act (Section 404)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • California Fish and Game Code Streambed Alteration Agreement (Section 1600)
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Biological Report & Map Preparation, and Evaluation of Existing Reports and Management Plans

All EMC Planning Group reports can be prepared as stand-alone documents or as part of a larger-scale environmental review.  All reports contain maps with a visual description of the findings.  Services include technical evaluation of previously prepared biological resource documents for accuracy, assessment of impacts and development of mitigation measures, and document revision as necessary.

Biotic Resources Assessments and Impact Analysis

Biotic resource assessments are conducted to determine if special status species or habitats are present on a project site, or if resource agency permits are required for a proposed project.  EMC Planning Group prepares reports based on results of background data searches and field investigations, recommends mitigation measures, and specifies which permits are required to implement a project.

Construction & Mitigation Monitoring

EMC Planning Group Construction and Mitigation Monitoring offers pre-construction surveys, construction worker orientation meetings, monitoring of special status species and protected habitats, coordination with appropriate agencies, and preparation of Mitigation and Monitoring Plans.   



Janet Walther, MS

Principal Biologist