Cattail Creek Route 2 Force Main Replacement Project

Coastal Resources, Inc. (CRI) provided environmental services for the rehabilitation and replacement of 17,000 linear feet of an existing 24-inch and 36-inch force main sewer line located along MD Route 2 (Ritchie Highway) in Severna Park and Arnold, MD.  The project study area was six miles in length and included a 30 to 50-foot buffer along the proposed force main line.

CRI delineated waters of U.S., including wetlands using the Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual: Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain Region within the study area limits.  CRI recorded detailed field data for delineated resources and the boundaries of each wetland and watercourse were flagged and then surveyed using a handheld Trimble GPS unit.  A detailed wetland delineation report was prepared summarizing all identified resources and included datasheets, mapping, and photographs of each resource.  A total of 10 non-tidal waters and 11 wetlands were delineated.

CRI conducted a forest stand characterization noting successional stage, dominant species, size class, condition, common understory, vine and herbaceous species, percentage of invasive species, etc. and completed a specimen tree survey (DBH greater than or equal to 30 inches) within the project area.  A total of eight forest stands and 32 specimen trees were identified, sketched on field mapping, GPS located, and included in a simplified Forest Stand Delineation Plan as part of a forest conservation exemption request.

CRI coordinated with Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) for review of cultural resources within the project area and with Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for information on federal and state-listed RTE species and fisheries resources.  DNR indicated the project contains a Wetland of Special State Concern and a National Heritage Area due to the presence of RTE species.  CRI completed the USFWS Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) review process which indicated that the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) may occur within the study area.  Additionally, CRI coordinated with the County‚Äôs Chesapeake Bay Critical Area (CBCA) representative and prepared a consistency report and site plan summarizing resources found within the CBCA.

CRI coordinated a pre-application meeting with involved agencies in addition to preparing and submitting a Joint Permit Application (JPA) package including impact plates, and an alternatives and impact avoidance/minimization analysis to the County for review prior to final submittal to the agencies.  


Anne Arundel County, MD


Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works

Key Services:

  • Wetland Delineation
  • Forest Stand Delineation and Tree Survey
  • Forest Conservation Exemption
  • Agency and Critical Area Coordination
  • Permitting Support