Reference

Todd Nichols, Chief, 410-545-8628

Maryland State Highway Administration – Environmental Programs Division

Project Highlights

  • Wetland Delineation
  • Natural Resources Inventory/Forest Stand Delineation
  • Forest Conservation Plan
  • Permitting
  • Assist with Stream Design and Landscape Plans
  • Assist with Construction Inspection
  • Fish Relocation

Project Details

Coastal Resources, Inc. (CRI) conducted natural resource site assessments, prepared natural resource permitting materials and assisted with specifications for a proposed stream restoration project in Harford County, MD.  The project will provide credit towards the Maryland State Highway Administration’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements.

Plum Tree RunIn the initial planning phase of the project, CRI performed a wetland delineation and prepared a wetland delineation report and mapping to support preliminary project design.  As a sub-consultant on the design phase of the project, CRI conducted a full forest stand delineation, including detailed forest plot sampling, a natural resource inventory, and a specimen/champion tree survey in accordance with the Maryland Forest Conservation Act.  CRI then developed an FSD/NRI map in GIS that included, 100-year FEMA floodplains, topographic 2-foot contours, intermittent/perennial streams, 25% steep slopes, soils with structural limitations, hydric soils, soils with a K value greater than 0.35 on 15% or greater slopes, wetlands, forest stands, proposed areas of disturbance, exotic and invasive plant communities, and specimen trees. CRI conducted research to identify any known historic or archaeological resources in the project area and coordinated with MHT to gain concurrence on the findings that no such features were present.  CRI also coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife and Heritage Division of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to determine if there were any rare, threatened, or endangered species in the project area.  CRI prepared the preliminary and final Forest Conservation Plan (FCP) for the project, including calculating potential forest impacts, completing the forest conservation worksheet, detailing construction staging areas and timetables, and developing the reforestation plan and FCP application for submittal to MDNR. CRI assisted with field review meetings to review natural resource impacts and explain proposed design elements to environmental regulatory agencies and other stakeholders.

CRI prepared the Joint Permit Application (JPA) for unavoidable wetland and waterway impacts resulting from the restoration, including creation of permit plates, narratives regarding the water quality benefits and ecological lift anticipated from implementation of the project.  CRI reviewed and provided comment on design elements prepared by the prime consultant during conceptual design and assisted with developing landscape design plans and specifications and review of stream design plans, details and specifications for advertisement.  CRI will also be assisting with construction inspection services to ensure design objectives are met for the project and leading fish relocation services for in-stream construction activities.