Army Corps of Engineers Permitting and Water Quality Certifications
The Resource Concepts, Inc. interdisciplinary team has extensive experience delineating wetland and other waters of the U.S. in desert and mountain environments. When impacts to wetlands, or streams are unavoidable, we permit, design, and implement reclamation and mitigation plans commensurate with the level of impacts, so that projects may move forward.
Wetland Mitigation and Permitting – Kirkwood Mountain Resort, LLC
RCI has provided a suite of environmental and engineering services to Kirkwood Mountain Resort. RCI has worked with Kirkwood on environmental permitting and engineering for both their private land, residential developments, and their on-mountain ski infrastructure. Environmental services provided to Kirkwood include wetland delineations, Clean Water Act Section 404 and 401 permitting, preparation of California State Streambed Alteration Permits, and preparation of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans. In addition, RCI’s engineering staff has designed the associated mitigation projects, which include streambank and wetland restoration projects, as well as natural channel stream design. RCI also monitors on-going mitigation sites and has completed stream surveys and monitoring along Kirkwood Creek. RCI’s engineering team is also involved in design of residential development, including improvement plans, preparation of drainage studies, and site- specific erosion control and BMP plans.
Lake Mary Bike Path Wetlands Delineation / Intrawest Inc. – Mammoth Lakes, California
Resource Concepts, Inc. (RCI) was contracted to conduct a jurisdictional wetland delineation for Triad/Holmes Associates. The project area is located near the Town of Mammoth Lakes in Mono County, California. The proposed bike lane roughly follows Lake Mary Road from the town area south to Lake Mamie for a total length of approximately five miles. The project area is within the Mammoth Creek watershed. The RCI wetland team conducted field investigations to determine the location and extent of wetlands under the jurisdiction of the US Army Corps of Engineers (COE), in accordance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The sites were reviewed in accordance with the COE 1987 Wetlands Delineation Manual.
Coyote Springs Section 404 Individual Permits – Lincoln and Clark Counties, Nevada
Resource Concepts, Inc. (RCI) assisted Coyote Spring Investments in obtaining Section 404 individual permits for two properties in Coyote Springs Valley, Nevada. RCI conducted field surveys for jurisdictional wetlands and waters of the United States for 49,000 acres of land in Lincoln and Clark counties, Nevada. RCI worked with Huffman and Associates in identifying field indicators and delineation techniques applicable in the arid west and consistent with guidelines set by the Army Corps of Engineers’ Wetland Delineation Manual. RCI coordinated with the Corps and EPA to have the delineation report and jurisdictional determination verified in light of Supreme Court Decisions (Rapanos v. United States) which required demonstration of a “significant nexus” between the on-site dry desert washes and Traditional Navigable Waters. Using the verified delineation, impacts to jurisdictional waters were estimated and Individual Section 404 permits were prepared.
RCI also worked with both agencies to develop comprehensive compensatory mitigation plans that accounted for the complex environmental setting and constraints. The mitigation plans incorporated preservation, desert wash creation, and enhancement to compensate for direct impacts to WOUS. The plans also included construction practices to avoid and minimize impacts to federally listed species, storm water management plans, environmental sensitivity training for construction workers, rare plant surveys, noxious weed management plans, and numerous storm water pollution prevention plans.