Environmental Studies

Benthic macroinvertebrate survey

Benthic macroinvertebrate survey

WSSI scientists provide a variety of natural resource services to assist clients with all stages of project development - from initial site feasibility analysis through site construction and development.  These services are crucial for obtaining Clean Water Act and state wetland permits, and for compliance with Chesapeake Bay protection ordinances.  Our staff continually expand their knowledge and practice through training, continuing education, and research so we’re prepared to work with even the most environmentally challenging sites.
Our well-trained, experienced scientists provide a wide range of services including:

  • Wetland and stream reconnaissance studies and delineations
  • Chesapeake Bay ordinance studies, including perennial flow studies and resource protection area evaluation
  • Wetland functional assessments
  • Endangered and threatened species habitat evaluations and surveys (click here for more)
  • Stream and aquatic habitat  and biological water quality assessments
  • Wetland and stream mitigation monitoring
  • Biological inventories, including benthic macroinvertebrate surveys, submerged aquatic vegetation surveys, and rare plant community assessments
  • Existing vegetation mapping, tree stand evaluations, forest management plans, and tree preservation plans
  • Support in local zoning and special exception processes

 

Wetland mitigation monitoring

Wetland mitigation monitoring

Our staff includes:

  • Professional Wetland Delineators
  • Professional Wetland Scientists
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife approved surveyors
  • ISA Arborists with TRAQ certification
  • Licensed Foresters
  • MBSS Certified Macroinvertebrate Samplers
  • SFS Certified Taxonomists
  • Certified Ecologists