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Environmental Services in Our North Carolina Office

It is with great pride that we highlight our Asheville, North Carolina office—ClearWater, an EnviroScience Company—and two of its many areas of expertise: remediation plans and implementation for Notices of Violation (NOV) and bat surveys.

Clement RiddleFormerly known as ClearWater Environmental Consultants, Inc., the office was founded, owned, and operated by Clement Riddle since 2002. When EnviroScience acquired the company last fall, we knew that under Clement’s leadership, his team of four had tremendous potential. And we weren’t wrong—the office is thriving and continues to grow! Now at six staff members, we are always looking to add key personnel to enhance and increase our capacity and capabilities.

EnviroScience Office in Asheville, North Carolina

Rooted in our core values of TeamworkClient AdvocacyRespectAccountabilityQuality, and Safety, every EnviroScience office strives to provide high-quality, region-specific natural resource and environmental services. Our North Carolina office is no exception, offering top-notch expertise in services that include: wetland delineation; threatened and endangered species surveys; 401/404 permitting; NEPA/SEPA environmental assessments; remediation plans and implementation for notices of violations; and wetland and stream mitigation planning and monitoring.

With over 30 years of experience managing complex projects, EnviroScience experts have a rich understanding and familiarity with environmental laws and regulations, as well as an outstanding reputation with these regulatory agencies. Because most of our employees have over ten years of experience in their respective fields, our team’s collective knowledge and diverse backgrounds—paired with state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technologies—afford our clients innovative, cost-conscious solutions. We always put our clients’ needs first and only use necessary resources, allowing us to reliably complete projects on time and within or below budget.

Abiding by the same credo, our North Carolina office holds its assets and values to the same standard, carefully selecting highly specialized and capable employees when staffing and consistently delivering first-rate services. These practices are evidenced by the master service agreements we hold with clients in the transportation, energy, and manufacturing industries, as well as municipal, state, and federal agencies. 

NORTH CAROLINA EXPERTISE: NOTICES OF VIOLATION (NOV)

ClearWater, an EnviroScience Company, has helped over one hundred clients successfully resolve Notices of Violation or Unauthorized Activity. These notices can result from unexpected weather events, rogue contractors, or unintentional misunderstanding of plans or permit conditions.

The team at our North Carolina office is experienced in evaluating sediment impacts to streams and conducting forensic evaluations of site conditions. This includes preparation of remediation plans, oversight of cleanup work, regulatory coordination with staff from North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and final documentation and reporting.

 

NORTH CAROLINA EXPERTISE: BAT SURVEYS

Bats represent one-quarter of all mammal species worldwide. Of the 17 species that occur in North Carolina:

  • Three are federally endangered:
    • Virginia big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus)
    • Gray bat (Myotis grisescens)
    • Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis)
  • One is federally threatened: Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis)
  • Ten are listed as Species of Greatest Conservation Need (2015 NC Wildlife Action Plan).

Projects located within the range of protected bat species may require coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Bat populations are surveyed by a variety of methods including: mist-netting; acoustic recording; trapping; roost monitoring; portal searches; bridge and cave inspections; and radio telemetry. These surveys can be used to determine presence or probable absence of threatened or endangered bat species.

EnviroScience biologists are highly experienced and qualified to conduct bat surveys in North Carolina and hold USFWS Recovery Permits for threatened and endangered bats. EnviroScience has over 20 years of experience performing bat surveys for state and federally listed species, and helping clients comply with USFWS and state regulatory agencies. Our team provides expertise with the coordination and permitting process for Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Consultation, the development of Habitat Conservation Plans, and development of natural resources and conservation management plans. 

Northern long-eared bats are currently under review to be uplisted to endangered by November, 2022. Should this uplisting transpire, EnviroScience can help navigate your projects through the bat survey process.

Before breaking ground on your next project, protect your efforts and the environment by entrusting EnviroScience to help safeguard your plans under applicable requirements and regulations. The biologists at our North Carolina office provide an integrated approach to solving environmental challenges—saving you time, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality results. Click here to learn more today!




Part II of Fondriest Article Outlining Mussel Importance Released

Be sure to check out Part II of Environmental Monitor’s article about endangered mussel surveys by Fondriest Environmental, Inc. featuring EnviroScience Vice President and approved freshwater mussel surveyor Greg Zimmerman, MLS, as well as photo contributions from Becca Winterringer, Phil Mathias, and other ES Marine Services team members.

In the same vein as Part I, Part II does a great job outlining endangered mussel surveys—delving further into why they are necessary, standard procedures and protocols, search methods, equipment, and post-construction monitoring. It even touches on the work EnviroScience performed at Hunter Station Bridge in Pennsylvania—the largest relocation of endangered mussels ever completed in the U.S.! (Over 190,000 mussels were moved to different streams and rivers in various states over two years, earning PennDOT District 1-0 the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award.)

With six permitted, in-house staff members, the experience and expertise of EnviroScience’s malacology team is unparalleled. As a company, we’re passionate about maintaining our core values (including client advocacy, accountability, and quality work) and working as an intermediary between our clients and state agencies to identify the most efficient way to get any environmental job done.

CLICK HERE TO READ PART II OF THIS COMPELLING ARTICLE BY FONDRIEST ENVIRONMENTAL, INC.


Few environmental firms in the country retain EnviroScience’s degree of scientific know-how, talent, and capability under one roof. The diverse backgrounds of our biologists, environmental engineers, scientists, and divers enable us to provide comprehensive in-house services and an integrated approach to solving environmental challenges—saving clients time, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality results.

EnviroScience expertise includes but is not limited to: aquatic survey (including macroinvertebrate surveys and biological assessments); ecological restoration; ecological services (including impact assessments, invasive species control, and water quality monitoring);  emergency response; engineering and compliance services; endangered mussel surveys; laboratory and analysis; stormwater management; threatened and endangered species; and wetlands and streams (including delineation and mitigation). Further, EnviroScience is one of the few biological firms in the country that is a general member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and offers full-service commercial diving services.




ES VP Greg Zimmerman Discusses the Importance of Freshwater Mussels

Did you know freshwater mussels work as “ecosystem engineers” to improve fish populations, water quality, and even property values? Check out the latest edition of Environmental Monitor from Fondriest Environmental, Inc., featuring Part I of a compelling article that offers a fresh look and an eye-opening perspective on mussels.

EnviroScience Mussel Surveyor & VP Greg Zimmerman

In the article, EnviroScience Vice President Greg Zimmerman, MLS (an approved freshwater mussel surveyor) breaks down exactly how mussels impact the ecosystem, how environmental challenges like construction projects and runoff can lead to mussel population loss when not carefully managed, why federal legislation and state regulations exist to protect mussels, and how EnviroScience works to help clients navigate projects in adherence to these protective measures.

CLICK HERE TO READ PART I OF THIS FASCINATING ARTICLE BY FONDRIEST ENVIRONMENTAL, INC.!


Few environmental firms in the country retain EnviroScience’s degree of scientific know-how, talent, and capability under one roof. The diverse backgrounds of our biologists, environmental engineers, scientists, and divers enable us to provide comprehensive in-house services and an integrated approach to solving environmental challenges—saving clients time, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality results.

EnviroScience expertise includes but is not limited to: aquatic survey (including macroinvertebrate surveys and biological assessments); ecological restoration; ecological services (including impact assessments, invasive species control, and water quality monitoring);  emergency response; engineering and compliance services; endangered mussel surveys; laboratory and analysis; stormwater management; threatened and endangered species; and wetlands and streams (including delineation and mitigation). Further, EnviroScience is one of the few biological firms in the country that is a general member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and offers full-service commercial diving services.




ES Divers Conduct Large Coral Reef Survey in Guam

June 1st marks the beginning of World Oceans Month, as well as World Reef Awareness Day. As part of this important event, EnviroScience is pleased to share photos from phase one fieldwork we recently completed for a large coral reef monitoring project in Guam.

With fantastic support from local captains and experts, a highly skilled ES crew of six managed by Vice President Greg Zimmerman conducted an intensive marine survey of the fore reef, reef shelf, and reef flat of two bays. Throughout April, our marine biologists surveyed 55 locations in the North Pacific Ocean—at depths up to 75 feet—for federally listed species. Additional fieldwork and reporting are planned for the coming months.

An experienced diver, coral reef enthusiast, and approved freshwater mussel surveyor, Vice President Greg Zimmerman embodies the EnviroScience spirit. Not only is Greg always at the ready and willing to roll up his sleeves (or, in this case, slip into a wetsuit) to lend a hand or lead the charge, but his enthusiasm for taking on new projects like this and the work we do as a whole to understand the environment is contagious.

If you are passionate about environmental science, we encourage you to join the ES family. You might be surprised where the work will take you! Our team of expert biologists, commercial and scientific divers, environmental scientists, and environmental engineers—and the breadth of our capabilities—continues to grow. Visit our Careers page for a list of current openings and to apply today!

The diversity and expertise of our staff, paired with state-of-the-art equipment, cutting-edge technologies, and core values that include client advocacy enable us to provide innovative, cost-conscious solutions to any environmental issue.


Few environmental firms in the country retain EnviroScience’s degree of scientific know-how, talent, and capability under one roof. The diverse backgrounds of our biologists, environmental engineers, scientists, and divers enable us to provide comprehensive in-house services and an integrated approach to solving environmental challenges—saving clients time, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality results.

EnviroScience expertise includes but is not limited to: aquatic survey (including macroinvertebrate surveys and biological assessments); ecological restoration; ecological services (including impact assessments, invasive species control, and water quality monitoring);  emergency response; engineering and compliance services; endangered mussel surveys; laboratory and analysis; stormwater management; threatened and endangered species; and wetlands and streams (including delineation and mitigation). Further, EnviroScience is one of the few biological firms in the country that is a general member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and offers full-service commercial diving services.




National Learn About Composting Day

It’s National Learn About Composting Day! What are the benefits of composting? It keeps household waste out of trash, diverts methane-producing materials from landfills, adds nutrients and organic matter back to the earth, and is a great booster for your garden or plants.

As a company, EnviroScience advocates composting whenever possible. Many of our employees practice this easy, ecofriendly behavior—both in their homes and at our corporate office. Below is a handy infographic that breaks down just how simple it is to compost.

Environmental awareness and responsibility are key to the sustainability of the Earth’s natural resources. Our Ecological Restoration Services and employee-led Corporate Responsibility Committee are just two facets of our growing company that are helping to make a meaningful impact on the environment by doing just that. To learn about composting or for more information on how to start a composting program where you live or work, EnviroScience scientists are available to answer your questions at 800.940.4025.

Few environmental firms in the country retain EnviroScience’s degree of scientific know-how, talent, and capability under one roof. The diverse background an experience of our biologists, environmental engineers, scientists, and divers enables us to provide comprehensive in-house services and an integrated approach to solving environmental challenges—saving clients time, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality results. Our expertise includes but is not limited to: aquatic survey (including macroinvertebrate surveys and biological assessments); ecological restoration; ecological services (including impact assessments, invasive species control, and water quality monitoring);  emergency response; engineering and compliance services; endangered mussel surveys; laboratory and analysis; stormwater management; threatened and endangered species; and wetlands and streams (including delineation and mitigation.) Further, EnviroScience is one of the few biological firms in the country that is a general member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and offers full-service commercial diving services.




Compliance Services Names Practice Area Lead

Under the leadership of Sheila Rayman, Amy Dorow was recently named Practice Area Lead in our Compliance Services Practice Area to support continued growth. At EnviroScience, a Practice Area Lead is a technical leader and mentor who helps ensure our projects, people, and work products meet and exceed client expectations.

EnviroScience Compliance Services Practice Area Lead Amy Dorow
EnviroScience Compliance Services Practice Area Lead Amy Dorow

As the manager for multiple environmental inspection projects in our West Virginia office, Amy continually demonstrates leadership. She promotes an effort of teamwork that is critical to successful completion of projects in the unpredictable world of environmental inspection.

Additionally, Amy has been instrumental in expanding our services and promoting regional growth. She exemplifies EnviroScience’s core values (respect, client advocacy, accountability, teamwork, and safety) and consistently goes above and beyond to ensure quality work and exceed client expectations.

We are confident that Amy will continue to lead the West Virginia environmental inspection team and advocate for the continued development of its service area. We are very excited to have Amy on our Compliance Services management team!


Few environmental firms in the country retain EnviroScience’s degree of scientific know-how, talent, and capability under one roof. The diverse background of our biologists, environmental engineers, scientists, and divers enables us to provide comprehensive in-house services and an integrated approach to solving environmental challenges—saving clients time, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality results. Our expertise includes but is not limited to: aquatic survey (including macroinvertebrate surveys and biological assessments); ecological restoration; ecological services (including impact assessments, invasive species control, and water quality monitoring);  emergency response; engineering and compliance services; endangered mussel surveys; laboratory and analysis; stormwater management; threatened and endangered species; and wetlands and streams (including delineation and mitigation.) Further, EnviroScience is one of the few biological firms in the country that is a general member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and offers full-service commercial diving services.




ES Welcomes Avian Biologist Diana Steele

EnviroScience is thrilled to announce the addition of experienced birder, science writer, and avian biologist Diana Steele to our team of biology experts.

ES Avian Biologist Diana Steele

Diana is a birder with 25 years of experience birding in the Midwest and around the world. She has worked as a professional science writer for over 30 years, publishing in magazines and newspapers from Seattle to Sydney.

Diana has been a volunteer bird banding assistant and field trip leader for Black Swamp Bird Observatory and served on the board of the Ohio Ornithological Society. Based out of our Stow headquarters, she will be conducting avian surveys at a large, local research facility.

Fun fact: Diana has birded in China, Europe, South America, New Zealand, and Antarctica. Next on her bucket list? Africa!


Few environmental firms in the country retain EnviroScience’s degree of scientific know-how, talent, and capability under one roof. The diverse backgrounds of our biologists, environmental engineers, scientists, and divers enable us to provide comprehensive in-house services and an integrated approach to solving environmental challenges—saving clients time, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality results.

EnviroScience expertise includes but is not limited to: aquatic survey (including macroinvertebrate surveys and biological assessments); ecological restoration; ecological services (including impact assessments, invasive species control, and water quality monitoring);  emergency response; engineering and compliance services; endangered mussel surveys; laboratory and analysis; stormwater management; threatened and endangered species; and wetlands and streams (including delineation and mitigation.) Further, EnviroScience is one of the few biological firms in the country that is a general member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and offers full-service commercial diving services.




Environmental Services in Our Tennessee Office

EnviroScience Office in Nashville, TNEnviroScience proudly highlights our Nashville, Tennessee office and three of its many areas of expertise. Since opening in 2012, the office has continued to grow; we are always looking to add key personnel to enhance and increase our capabilities and capacity. Rooted in our core values of TeamworkClient Advocacy, AccountabilityQuality, and Safety, every EnviroScience office strives to provide high-quality, region-specific natural resource and environmental services. Our Tennessee office is no exception, offering top-notch expertise in services that include wetland delineation, hydrologic determination, threatened and endangered aquatic species surveys, and emergency response.

With over 30 years of experience managing complex projects, EnviroScience experts have a rich understanding and familiarity with environmental laws and regulations, as well as an outstanding reputation with these regulatory agencies. Because most of our employees have over ten years of experience in their respective fields, our team’s collective knowledge and diverse backgrounds—paired with state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technologies—afford our clients innovative, cost-conscious solutions. We always put our clients’ needs first and only use necessary resources, allowing us to reliably complete projects on time and within or below budget.

Abiding by the same credo, our Tennessee office holds its assets and values to the same standard, carefully selecting highly specialized and capable employees when staffing and consistently delivering first-rate services. These practices are evidenced by the master service agreements we hold with clients in the transportation, energy, and manufacturing industries, as well as municipal, state, and federal agencies. 

TENNESSEE EXPERTISE: HYDROLOGIC DETERMINATION

Hydrologic DeterminationRivers and streams are abundant in the beautiful state of Tennessee; in fact, they traverse approximately 17,000 miles of the state. Most residential, commercial, and industrial site development projects inevitably encounter some form of watercourse due to their prevalence in the state.

To further protect these “waters of the state” under the Clean Water Act, Tennessee enacted laws to enhance the protection of these natural resources in 2009. Projects that involve or are nearby a watercourse may require a hydrologic determination. A state-qualified professional performs this scientific assessment to investigate, observe, and analyze several scientific variables to determine whether a watercourse carries flow for extended periods or only in direct response to precipitation.

EnviroScience conducts hydrologic determinations following the guidelines published by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Division of Water Resources. These guidelines supplement the standard operating procedures established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for making stream and wet weather conveyance determinations under the Clean Water Act. Following these guidelines, hydrologic determinations consider biologic, hydrologic, geologic, geomorphologic, precipitation, and other scientifically based principles.

Hydrologic determinations by EnviroScience hydrologic professionals include reviewing current local precipitation patterns and longer-term seasonal precipitation trends; field evaluations; investigating historical land-use, regional geology, and soil types; observing varying seasonal ecological indicators such as in-stream flow; determining variability along watercourse lengths; multi-point channel inspections; identifying physiographic variances due primarily to climate and underlying geology, soils, and reliefs; and GPS coordination. The culminating findings allow our biologists to determine if watercourses carry flow for extended periods or only in direct response to precipitation. This information helps clients make informed decisions about applying for Aquatic Resources Alteration Permits (ARAP) or establishing avoidance measures when developing a site.

TENNESSEE EXPERTISE: SALAMANDERS 

Northern Zigzag Salamander (Plethodon dorsalis)Tennessee is a salamander biodiversity hotspot—home to over 50 species! In fact, around 10% of salamander species globally occur in the southern Appalachians.

Because they tend to thrive in moist forested areas, the presence or absence of salamanders can be used to help gauge habitat health and quality. Their absence in favorable environments can indicate poor water quality and stream health due to sedimentation, pollution, or unintentional habitat disruption.

Some government projects, as well as projects on land that falls under state or federal jurisdiction, require amphibian surveys to determine presence or absence—especially where a species is threatened or endangered. In Tennessee, EnviroScience herpetologists are closely monitoring the state-endangered Streamside salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) and its habitat, as protections are required under state law. Similarly, the unusually large river and stream-dwelling Hellbender salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) is listed as an endangered species in Tennessee.

For nearly a decade, EnviroScience biologists in our Tennessee office have been providing amphibian surveys and habitat and impact assessments for wildlife of all kinds, including salamanders. Additionally, our restoration services crew has extensive experience restoring, improving, and naturalizing wetlands and streams. Before your next build or during a hiccup mid-build, protect your efforts by entrusting EnviroScience to assess and restore your construction site for salamanders.

TENNESSEE EXPERTISE: WETLAND DELINEATION

Tennessee StreamProposed development projects in Tennessee and surrounding states that involve streams or wetlands may be subject to permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Food Security Act. Permits are regulated by federal agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as state and local agencies such as the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee Division of Natural Areas, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and local water conservation districts.

EnviroScience biologists perform thousands of wetland assessments and delineations on projects ranging from less than one acre to over 6,000 acres. Our wetland scientists complete an average of 30 permit applications for wetland and stream impacts each year, including USACE nationwide permits; individual USACE 404 permits; Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit (ARAP); individual EPA 401 water quality certifications; state joint permits; state general permits; and isolated wetland permits for various clients in surrounding states. In-depth knowledge of the permitting process allows our scientists to tailor applications in a manner that often expedites the approval process. For projects that do not require permits or when impacts occur under a non-notification permit, EnviroScience employs a highly refined documentation process to clearly outline project details and support project compliance with state and federal regulations.

Before breaking ground on your next project, protect your efforts and the environment by entrusting EnviroScience to help safeguard your plans under applicable requirements and regulations. The biologists at our Tennessee office provide an integrated approach to solving environmental challenges—saving you time, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality results. Click here to learn more today!




Environmental Services in Our West Virginia Office

WetlandEnviroScience proudly highlights our Morgantown, West Virginia office and two of its many areas of expertise. Since opening in 2019, the office has grown to seven full-time staff members. We are always looking to add key personnel to both enhance and increase our capabilities and capacity. Rooted in our core values of Teamwork, Client Advocacy, Respect, Accountability, Quality, and Safety, every EnviroScience office strives to provide high-quality, region-specific natural resource and environmental services. Our West Virginia office is no exception, offering top-notch expertise in services that include: wetland delineation; permitting; threatened and endangered freshwater mussels, crayfish, fish, and bats; environmental inspection; and surface and groundwater monitoring.

With over 30 years of experience managing complex projects, EnviroScience experts have a rich understanding and familiarity with environmental laws and regulations, as well as an outstanding reputation with these regulatory agencies. Because most of our employees have over ten years of experience in their respective fields, our team’s collective knowledge and diverse backgrounds—paired with our use of state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technologies—afford our clients innovative, cost-conscious solutions. We always put our clients’ needs first and only use resources that are necessary, allowing us to reliably complete projects on-time and within or below budget.

Abiding by the same credo, our West Virginia office holds its assets and values to the same standard, carefully selecting high-specialized and capable employees when staffing and consistently delivering first-rate services. These practices are evidenced by the master service agreements we hold with clients in the transportation, energy, and manufacturing industries, as well as municipal, state, and federal agencies. 

WEST VIRGINIA EXPERTISE: ENVIRONMENTAL INSPECTION

WV EnviroScience Environmental InspectorsOur West Virginia environmental inspectors mobilize rapidly, perform high-quality work, and tailor our services to meet our clients’ needs. We have the manpower, capacity, and fortitude to support multiple large-scale construction projects seven days a week. Due to the unpredictability that accompanies weather-related requirements associated with stormwater monitoring and construction oversight, our inspectors are accustomed to responding in the evening and on weekends or holidays to comply with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit requirements or other essential functions relating to environmental compliance during construction.

Since 2008, EnviroScience environmental inspectors have performed inspections or provided environmental support on more than 1,000 projects. These projects range from obtaining construction national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permits for natural gas pipelines and preparation and implementation of site-specific stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPP.) Documentation required by the SWPPP or environmental agencies such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), public utilities commissions, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), departments of environmental protection, soil and water conservation districts, and other local entities is recorded on a daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis to maintain comprehensive environmental compliance logs.

WEST VIRGINIA EXPERTISE: WETLAND DELINEATION AND PERMITTING

Wetland Delineation

Proposed development projects in West Virginia and surrounding states that involve streams or wetlands may be subject to permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Food Security Act. Permits are regulated by federal agencies such as the US Army Corps of Engineers and the USEPA, as well as state and local agencies such as the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and local water conservation districts.

EnviroScience biologists perform thousands of wetland assessments and delineations on projects ranging in size from less than one acre to over 6,000 acres. Our wetland scientists complete an average of 30 permit applications for wetland and stream impacts each year, including: USACE nationwide permits; individual USACE 404 permits; individual EPA 401 water quality certifications; state joint permits; state general permits; and isolated wetland permits for various clients in surrounding states. In-depth knowledge of the permitting process allows our scientists to tailor applications in a manner that often expedites the approval process. For projects that do not require permits or when impacts occur under a non-notification permit, EnviroScience employs a highly refined documentation process to clearly outline project details and support project compliance with state and federal regulations.

Before breaking ground on your next project, protect your efforts and the environment by entrusting EnviroScience to help safeguard your plans in accordance with applicable requirements and regulations. The wetland scientists at our West Virginia office provide an integrated approach to solving environmental challenges—saving you time, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality results. Click here to learn more today!




Northern Long-Eared Bat Uplisted from Threatened to Endangered

On March 22, 2022, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced a proposal to reclassify the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis; NLEB) from “threatened” to “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The change is a direct result of a January 28, 2020 ruling by a federal judge in favor of a lawsuit, Center for Biological Diversity v. Everson, that USFWS’s 2015 threatened listing of the NLEB did not adequately protect the species under the ESA. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS found that the NLEB meets the ESA’s definition of an endangered species and proposed uplisting its status accordingly.

EnviroScience Biologists Work with Clients to Help Protect Bats

The NLEB faces extinction due to the devastating impact of white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease that is decimating cave-dwelling bats and “has spread to approximately 80% of the species’ range and almost all of the U.S. range since it was listed as threatened in 2015 … and is expected to affect 100% of the northern long-eared bat’s U.S. range by 2025, spreading more quickly than anticipated across the continent.” Other factors influencing NLEB viability—though to a far lesser extent than the influence of WNS—include wind energy mortality, effects of climate change, and habitat loss.  

At the time of its initial proposed listing as threatened in 2014, the Center for Biological Diversity reported “Scientists have estimated that by eating agricultural pests such as corn earworms and coddling moths, bats save U.S. farmers $22.9 billion per year. The timber industry also benefits from the free pest control services of bats that eat spruce budworms, gypsy moths, and other forest pests.”

The proposed rule to uplist the NLEB from threatened to endangered was posted on the Federal Register on March 23, 2022, and public comments may be submitted through May 23, 2022. A final decision is expected in November 2022.

Transportation projects covered under various programmatic consultations will not be impacted by the reclassification provided they are completed by the end of the year. Biologists strongly encourage mist-net surveys proposed for the 2022 summer survey season to include radiotelemetry on NLEB. EnviroScience bat biologists routinely conduct both acoustic and mist-net bat surveys, develop conservation and management plans, and work with clients to create conservation and avoidance measures. Our team is qualified and able to help you navigate your project through the ESA Section 7 Consultation process. We are keeping up with the latest information and are available at 800.940.4025 to answer any questions or concerns as to what this proposed reclassification may mean for your projects.