Environmental Permitting

OVERVIEW

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ESA Scheda’s professionals have repeatedly proven their capability in the fields of freshwater, estuarine, and marine wetland impact permitting.  Permitting wetland impacts can be required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Section 404) and the Water Management District or Florida Department of Environmental Protection (ERP); local Port Authority, county, and municipal permits are also required.

Most importantly, ESA Scheda’s professionals coordinate wetland evaluations with site engineering to produce environmentally sound, permitable project designs.  Our experience with environmental agencies, along with our solid reputation for coordinating projects throughout all phases of development, assists clients in avoiding permitting difficulties, thus minimizing impacts to project schedules and budgets.
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WETLANDS

Wetlands are a valuable component of our ecosystem and play an important role in our quality of life and the environment.  Permitting of wetland impacts typically involves determining wetland jurisdictional boundaries, potential wetland impacts, and providing mitigation to offset unavoidable impacts.

PROTECTED SPECIES 

ESA Scheda’s ecologists have experience with survey protocols and permitting for a wide variety of protected fauna including, but not limited to,  bald eagle, osprey, wading birds, SE American kestrel, Florida scrub jay, red-cockaded woodpecker, Audubon’s crested caracara, snail kite, gopher tortoises, eastern indigo snake, Florida panther, West Indian manatee, and other marine mammals and sea turtles.  In addition, our botanists can identify protected botanical species.  Our scientists routinely coordinate protected species issues for design and construction projects.

MARINAS, MOORING FIELDS, BRIDGES, BEACHES AND SHORES, AND PORTS

Examples:
  • Regional marinas and docking facilities
  • Mooring fields
  • New bridges and bridge replacements (U.S. Coast Guard)
  • Beach re-nourishment projects
  • Shoreline stabilization projects (Living Shorelines)
  • Ports and marinas