Wetland Assessments and Delineations
RMEA has nearly 20 years experience performing wetland delineations and assessments throughout the Intermountain West (Idaho, Utah, Western Wyoming). Delineations are performed in accordance with standards set by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the official 1987 Corps Manual and the various supplements to that manual. Data are collected regarding plants, soils, and site hydrology, and based on the data collected and general site observations, a decision is made regarding the extent of federally regulated wetlands on a project site. A wetland-upland boundary is then flagged in the field to precisely identify the extent of wetlands regulated by the Corps of Engineers. Sites containing open water or saturated ground indicate the presence of wetlands, but not every wetland is federally regulated. RMEA stays informed on complex changes in regulatory guidance that both limit and extend federal wetland regulation. Wetland assessments are typically less extensive and less expensive than wetland delineations. An assessment will provide an understanding of the character of a site so that informed decisions may be made regarding land-use.
Wetland Restoration & Mitigation
Wetland restoration projects may be undertaken for the inherent value of improving a wetland ecosystem, but most often wetland restoration, creation, or enhancement is done to compensate for wetland losses resulting from issuance of a federal permit to fill wetlands. RMEA has designed numerous wetland creation, restoration, and enhancement projects throughout the Intermountain West. RMEA can assist with feasibility studies, project design, site grading, plant selection, and habitat restoration. The Corps of Engineers may require the submission of a comprehensive Mitigation and Monitoring report prior to issuing a permit. RMEA has successfully prepared and submitted these reports to Corps regulatory offices in the Intermountain West.
Pond Design & Stream Restoration
Scenic open water has always been valued as a site amenity, and typically a healthy pond, stream, or creek that is pleasing to people also has high value for fish, waterfowl, and wildlife. RMEA has done pond design and permitting specifically for habitat improvement and specifically for landscape design. We strive, however, to accomplish multiple goals in any pond project: to provide both habitat opportunities and an aesthetically pleasing amenity. Reclaiming rivers and streams that have been degraded by either agricultural or industrial activities has become an increasingly important endeavor in recent times. Our experienced staff often teams with qualified professionals to provide the best solution for each project site. We have developed and employed an analysis/design methodology that facilitates permitting of stream/fishery habitat restoration projects.
Today’s environmental laws and regulations are extensive, complex, and often confusing for the ordinary person. Even with the best of intentions, it is possible to violate federal or state regulations. RMEA has the experience to mediate violation cases to bring about the best outcome possible for all parties.