Environmental Review (SEPA / NEPA)
Permitting and review can be complex, confusing and time consuming. We know the regulations, the process, and the people at the local, state, and federal level. Leverage SCJ’s knowledge and long-standing relationships to obtain your required permits in an efficient and streamlined fashion. We have years of experience with environmental permitting for projects across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We have developed critical relationships with agency staff, allowing projects to start with a strong foundation of trust.
Soils Investigations / Infiltration
SCJ’s soil scientist can easily visualize what’s going on under the ground and how water and heat moves through soil, something that is a mystery to most of us. By using historic data, mapping soils and landscapes, soil assessment and more, data is gathered about how permeable the soil is and whether native or fill. This provides valuable information for such things as sewer system designs, landscaping, site development and more. Soil information is a valuable tool for developing low impact strategies for private and public sector projects. A gifted teacher, our soil scientist can conduct training on soil science, wetland science, hydric soils, soil hydrology and landscape awareness.
Hmmm….is it a wetland or not? Determining this is critical to knowing what land you have available for your project and what, if any, special environmental regulations will apply. SCJ’s Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) has many years of experience with all aspects of wetlands assessments, including delineation, classification, inventory, permitting, mitigation, erosion control, hydrologic monitoring, enhancement and restoration.
Shorelines are one of the most treasured assets we have, and SCJ knows the regulations that protect these important environmental areas can be overwhelming. Taking shoreline inventories, evaluating the ecosystem, coordinating the community visioning and public participation process, determining forest practices, assessing public access, analyzing the cumulative impact, and crafting restoration plans is a lot to coordinate in one comprehensive shoreline master plan.
For private land owners, we’ll help you with shoreline assessment and understanding the regulations so you know your options. Whether you need a project manager to take the lead or help with a single technical issue, SCJ’s team members have the expertise and experience to assist you.
At SCJ we strive to improve project efficiency and overall sustainability, and LEED promotes a whole-building/whole-site approach. Three SCJ staff are LEED AP BD+C certified, and another team member is a certified Professional Soil Scientist and Professional Wetlands Scientist. We are well positioned to help you reduce your project’s environmental footprint and help it become LEED certified.
Phase I / Phase II Investigations
Phase I environmental site assessments are a critical step in the due diligence process for real estate transactions. During Phase II, actual samplings are taken of such things as soil, groundwater and more. SCJ is ready with a team of experienced specialists to help you assess risk and environmental status.