WETLAND DELINEATION AND PERMITTING
In Michigan, wetlands are protected under Part 303 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of 1994 (Part 303). Part 303 establishes a state policy to protect against the loss of wetlands and establishes a permit program regulating some activities in wetlands. Additionally, depending on a project location, there may be federal regulatory authority and even local regulatory authority. As a result, a wetland delineation is often required to determine if wetlands would be impacted by proposed development of a property. ASTI is well-versed in determining the existence and limits of regulated resources on your property, as well as providing you with the necessary regulatory expertise to get you through the often confusing permitting process.
When planning development of a property, consideration of the property development “hurdles” should be evaluated as early as possible. Timely identification of wetland boundaries, regulatory authorities, and required permitting can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars in design, lost construction time or even worse, violation fees. ASTI staff can help you each step of the way with our trained and experienced staff of ecologists and wetland scientists, by providing the following services:
- Wetland Investigation/Delineation
- Determination of Appropriate Regulatory Authorities (Federal, State, Local)
- One on One Consultation with Project Engineers/Architects to Determine Best Design Options
- Wetland Permit Application Preparation and Submittal
- Negotiation with Appropriate Regulatory Agencies for Permit Issuance
- Wetland Mitigation Planning, Design and Construction
- Wetland Mitigation Monitoring
- Threatened and Endangered Species Survey
ASTI has successfully prepared, negotiated, and obtained hundreds of wetland permits on behalf of its commercial, industrial, governmental, and developer clients. Projects have ranged from the relatively straight forward shoreline stabilization and simple road crossing projects to complex industrial expansion projects with large wetland impacts. Staff have negotiated with all levels of regulatory authority and are experienced with the different regulations that are enforced by these agencies. We always have the client’s needs first and foremost in our approach to obtaining permit approval.