Coastal Tech provides a variety of environmental studies and monitoring in conjunction with the engineering, geotechnical, and permitting capabilities that have been core services of the firm since 1984. Environmental investigation and analysis is a critical step in obtaining regulatory permits and can often be the most involved component of the process due to seasonality of natural resources and intricacies associated therein. With our environmental services, conducted by former FDEP regulatory agency personnel, Coastal Tech is prepared to serve our clients better than ever by providing more consolidated and efficient services. Some of our environmental services include:
- Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Surveys (seagrasses and other submerged resources)
- Jurisdictional wetland delineations
- Threatened and endangered species assessments and management (e.g., scrub jay, marine turtles, gopher tortoises)
- Manatee Protection Plan Impact Assessments (for counties with adopted plans)
- Shorebird monitoring
- NEPA analysis from Environmental Assessments to Environmental Impact Statements
- GIS mapping
- Mitigation reef design and monitoring
- Environmental mitigation/UMAM analysis and monitoring protocol
Coastal Tech is focused upon the environmentally sensitive coastal zone, Coastal Tech maintains a professional working relationship with local, regional, state and federal regulatory agencies has been integral to Coastal Tech's success. These relationships enable us to efficiently design and permit new projects as well as handle project improvements and rehabilitation.
We maintain a library of applicable codes, laws, and regulations as criteria for design and permitting of coastal projects. Coastal Tech formulates project design and plans in close collaboration with local, state, and federal regulators; this effort enables us to efficiently permit technically and environmentally viable projects.
Featured Permitting Project
- Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) Permits
- Joint Coastal Permits (JCP)
- Environmental Resource Permits (ERP)
- Erosion Control Line (ECL) Establishment
- Environmental Monitoring
- Sovereignty Submerged Lands Leases
- Storm Surge and Wave Load Analysis
- Mitigation Plans and Monitoring
St. Lucie County Beach Restoration Project
Client: St. Lucie County, FL
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Coastal Tech provided permitting services for the FY12/13 St. Lucie County Beach and Dune Restoration Project. This project entails placement of 486,000 cubic yards of beach compatible fill from an offshore borrow area to construct a protective and recreational beach along a 3.4 miles of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) designated “critically eroding” shoreline. Approximately 0.97 acres of artificial reefs will be constructed as compensatory mitigation for approximately 0.57 acres of hardbottom impacts from fill placement. Coastal Tech is processed a Joint Coastal Permit for the fill placement and artificial reefs through the FDEP and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). We worked with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to expedite the required Biological Opinion which was issued within 30 days of USACE initiation of consultation. We worked with the USACE and their Contractor to: complete the project’s Environmental Impact Statement to meet National Environmental Policy Act requirements; and, obtain the required concurrences from the National Marine Fisheries Service and Environmental Protection Agency. The USACE and FDEP were issued in summer 2012 and construction of the fill and mitigation projects is scheduled to commence in December 2012 or early 2013.
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