EMC works with a wide variety of partners to offer the following wetland consulting services (click on service for more information)
- Wetland Identification and MappingWetland Identification and MappingEMC utilizes the latest in mapping software to delimit the extent of wetlands in a given area, then performs field-based assessment of the wetland extent (wetland delineation) as well as the types of wetlands involved (wetland classification). Mapping is completed through the use of hand-held GPS units for large project areas (e.g. > 1000 acres), or through the use of ground control surveys using LLS sub-contractors for small areas (e.g. 1000 acres or less). Costs depend on the size of the wetland areas being mapped, as well as the complexity of the wetland systems involved. Wetland identification includes classification to NWI (Cowardin) types, and/or classification according to commonly recognized natural communities. Base map precision varies from five to ten meters for hand-held GPS-based maps, to sub-meter accuracy for field-flagged and surveyed lines.
- Wetland PermittingWetland PermittingEMC provides the full range of wetland permit management from initial assessment of permit type, minimization & avoidance of impacts, compensatory mitigation, to conservation and preservation. Permit processing includes initial contact with NHDES Wetlands Bureau and the Army Corps of Engineers (as required), drafting and filing of all documents, attending hearings and advocating for projects with local officials, meeting with engineering review teams to coordinate sequencing, and following up with requests for more information, adjustments to permit design, and completion of mandatory mitigation.
- Wetland AssessmentWetland AssessmentIn New Hampshire, EMC adheres to the Method for the Inventory and Evaluation of Freshwater Wetlands in New Hampshire (or the ‘NH Method’) since the PI was the principal wetland scientist author of this method in 2009 – 2012. Certain large projects may benefit from the use of the Federal Highways Method, and this will be determined during the initial assessment phase. Assessments that are for the purpose of designating special, public water supply, or prime wetlands will proceed according to EnvWt Chapter 700 rules (as amended) in order to provide seamless integration into statewide oversight if required. For projects involving non-certified volunteers, data forms will be electronically reviewed for quality control prior to data manipulation. Final results will utilize the Point Rank system as defined in the NH Method.
- Wetland Mitigation & RestorationWetland Mitigation & RestorationEMC is well versed in wetland mitigation and restoration and has over 20 years’ experience in performing mitigation activities for both conservation organizations and development entities. The PI has sat on the Site Selection Committee of the Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund since its inception in 2009 and is familiar with successful mitigation and restoration projects across the state. For projects where on-site mitigation is either not possible or poorly suited for the project site, an ILF payment to the ARM Fund will be encouraged.
- Wetland Ordinance Planning & DraftingWetland Ordinance Planning & DraftingEMC has written wetland ordinances in whole or in part since 1990. Standard language that Superior Courts tend to recognize is encouraged, although specific setback distances and use restrictions within wetland buffers necessarily require comprehensive vetting by the private and public parties so affected. Besides the drafting of ordinance language and reviews/comments by legal counsel, EMC will help coordinate the mandatory public hearing process and testify to the benefits of maintaining adequate wetland buffers in regards to specific land use practices. Good strategic planning tends to go a long ways in obtaining successful outcomes for any given municipality.
- Wetland ConservationWetland ConservationEMC has facilitated a number of projects that involved the permanent protection of wetlands and their buffers either as a part of mandatory mitigation or as an option for long-term protection sought by a private individual or NGO through any one of a number of granting programs. EMC has successfully brokered two WRP projects as well as a number of ARM Fund projects that has resulted in hundreds of high quality wetland acres being permanently protected.
Sample Wetland Maps:
Between 2009 and 2011 a comprehensive NRI was completed of the Town of Center Harbor. The above Significant Ecological Features (SEA) Map is one of the 10 maps created for the town with assistance of the Lakes Region Planning Commission. An SEA map summarizes in spatial form the results of roadside and off-road assessment of wildlife habitat, wetlands, vernal pools, and other sensitive ecological areas. This information has provided a ‘road map’ for conservation priorities in the town.
A natural communities map, as depicted here, summarizes the types of ecological assemblages of plants, animals and other organisms that naturally occur in a given physical environment. This map was created for the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, who wishes to know what the natural successional trends are on lands they are protecting. This information will help land managers decide where best to utilize critical natural resources and how to protect them in perpetuity.