Wetland Delineation & Permitting

Wetland Delineation | Concept PlanWetlands are regulated at the federal, state, and in many cases, at the local level. If you are considering purchasing property that contains wetlands, it is critical to know accurate wetland boundaries, overall wetland quality, and associated regulations that may affect future land use.

A detailed Wetland Delineation Report from ENCAP, Inc. includes a review of water resource mapping, summary of on-site findings, USACE Wetland Determination Forms, and site photographs. Our goal is to provide our clients with accurate, concise, and timely information that can be counted on and utilized during the planning phases of future changes in land use.

For more information on the Chicago District USACE procedures please visit www.lrc.usace.army.mil . For more information regarding the USACE regulatory agency for your site, please visit www.usace.army.mil .

In addition to federal standards, we are well versed in wetland identification requirements contained in county and local ordinances.  The detailed Wetland Determination Data Report includes a review of water resource mapping, summary of on-site findings, USACE Wetland Determination Forms, and site photographs.  Our goal is to provide our clients with accurate, concise, and timely information that can be counted on and utilized during site development planning.  Several photos are shown below.

Field Investigations

Wetland Delineation | Planting Plan

 

Tree Identification & Quality Assessment

The Certified Arborists at ENCAP, Inc. are equipped to perform tree surveys as required by municipal and county Ordinances. Since tree survey and preservation requirements vary by community it’s critical the site is evaluated early in the planning process by an experienced professional from ENCAP, Inc.

Threatened and Endangered Species Consultation

ENCAP, Inc. is fully qualified and experienced in the location and identification of endangered and threatened species. We initiate threatened and endangered species consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Illinois Department of Natural Resources with every signed proposal to avoid surprises in the final stages of permit approval. If these agencies identify potential at risk species within the vicinity of your site we can coordinate surveys, habitat assessments, and incidental take authorization as necessitated by the consultation process. We strive to get our clients this information as soon as possible to avoid delays in the permitting process.

Endangered Species Consulting

Permitting

The permitting process involved with developing in and around wetlands, streams, lakes, buffers, floodplains, and riparian zones can be a cumbersome and time consuming process. This is why the Ecological Consulting Staff at ENCAP, Inc. is involved during the planning stages of the project in order to reduce permitting delays.  ENCAP, Inc. staff knows the requirements of federal and local regulations and provides solid advice on how to navigate through the process in an efficient manner.

Each collar county of Chicago has a wetland/stormwater management ordinance that provides regulations for water resources.  The links for these counties are listed below.  If your site is not located in these areas, please contact us and we will provide information for your specific site.

The Ecological Consulting Staff at ENCAP, Inc. has a thorough understanding of Section 404 Clean Water Act USACE Permitting, IEPA 401 Water Quality Certification, IDNR Interagency Wetland Policy Act Compliance, IDNR and USFWS Threatened and Endangered Species Compliance, Countywide Environmental Management Compliance, and municipal regulations. We strive to reduce permit review time by establishing a productive communication with the review agencies early in the permitting process in order to avoid delays and excessive design changes.

For Section 404 Compliance visit:  http://www.usace.army.mil
For IEPA 401 Water Quality Certification Compliance visit: http://www.epa.state.il.us
For IDNR Compliance visit: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/index.htm