Wetlands Delineations

STEP 1: IDENTIFY YOUR WETLANDS

ELOS will conduct a thorough review of your site to determine whether wetlands are present on the property, and delineate their size and scope. Our field scientists compile the necessary information and observations in an internal report for your examination. We review the report with you, giving you our expert assessments, advice, and answers to all your questions. At that point we can submit the report on your behalf to the USACE to begin its jurisdictional determination process.

We’ll Tell You What’s There —

And What To Do Next

 

ELOS’ experienced scientists walk you through this process by:

  • reviewing your site thoroughly and delineating any wetlands on it;
  • compiling the data into a report for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;
  • submitting your company’s final report to the USACE; and
  • representing your company in assisting the USACE during its process of assessing the wetlands on your site.

 

Step 2: Obtaining Your Permits.

How We Compile Your Wetlands Report

 

ELOS Environmental conducts a thorough review of your site in compliance with regulatory agencies.* Our reports contain data on the three key characteristics of wetlands — information that’s required by all state and federal agencies:

 

  1. Vegetation

ELOS Environmental scientists review your site to locate and chronicle all examples of hydrophytic plants, or plants that grow in wetlands. Cattails, bulrush, sphagnum moss, bald cypress, willows, black gum, rushes, and sedges are just a few examples of hydrophytic plants.

 

  1. Soil

Hydric soils refers to soils that have been saturated for long periods of time — a common indicator of wetlands. ELOS field investigators take soil samples throughout your site to identify the type and location of any hydric soils present.

 

  1. Hydrology

Wetland hydrology refers to the presence of water at or above soil surface for a sufficient period of the year to significantly influence the plants and soils that occur in the area. ELOS scientists note the hydrolic indicators on your site, including: standing or flowing water, water marks on trees, debris drift lines, and sediment deposits.

 

*Site review includes data drawn from onsite assessments, aerial photos, topographic maps, LIDAR contour/elevation maps, and soil surveys.

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