Our associates offer decades of experience providing science-based solutions to help our clients maintain compliance with existing Federal, state and local regulations.  We help our clients to identify, obtain and manage the permits needed to conduct projects in the water, along the shoreline, and in critical areas.  We recognize that permitting is merely one milestone in a larger project timeline and have established cost-effective strategies to help clients navigate these processes, especially when a project has an inflexible timeline.  Our permitting experience enables us to design and execute a permitting strategy based upon project-specific regulatory processes, agency timelines (and the staff who drive these timelines), in-water work windows, seasonal sampling constraints, and the many other factors that influence project schedules.

Local Shoreline/Critical Areas Permits and Exemptions

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • Section 404 of the Clean Water Act
  • Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899
  • Letter of Permission, Individual Permit, and Nationwide Permit
  • Dredged Material Suitability and Beneficial Use Determination

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) compliance
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) compliance

Washington Department of Ecology

  • Section 401 Water Quality Certification
  • Sediment Management Standards (SMS) compliance
  • Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) compliance
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) compliance

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA)

Washington Department of Natural Resources

  • Site Use Authorization
  • Aquatic Land Lease
  • Right-of-Entry to State-Owned Aquatic Land (SOAL)

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) & State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

  • Environmental Checklist
  • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
  • Exemption Memorandum

Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance for USFW/NOAA

  • Biological Assessment (BA)
  • Biological Evaluation (BE)

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)