ELM's approach to environmental planning is to understand the goals and values of the client and local community while recognizing the regional influences and pressures on natural resources.  Assessment, management and restoration plans emphasize sustainability of the natural resource services and minimization of the need for active management.  In addition, a guiding principal adopted by ELM is that disturbance to natural systems unavoidably causes interrelated impacts that often cannot be fully predicted.  Therefore, enhancement of the natural structures and functions is the initial point of evaluation, rather than redesign of a natural system or hard engineering in order to obtain services needed to support a particular land use.  Where properties are highly disturbed due to historic uses, ELM evaluates future sustainable land use practices that are realistic and practical based on current and reasonable future resource needs.

ELM's Environmental Planning and Natural Resources services are integrally linked to our Waterways Management Specialty Group and Permitting/Compliance services, and are an important component of all our company services.  Our planning and natural resources staff includes Certified Planners, Certified Professionals in Erosion and Sediment Control, Certified Ecologists, Certified Geographic Information Systems personnel, and Professional Wetland Scientists who actively maintain expertise in advanced management practices such as Geographic Information Systems and Rosgen stream restoration practices.

To support its approach to environmental planning, ELM has the capacity to inventory natural resources (functions, values and structure) to ensure its management plans are compatible  with the natural system and competing demands for resources.  These inventories typically include characterization of the physical, chemical, biological and social components of the system with recognition of the permitting and engineering limitations on resource uses.

  • Natural Resource Inventories
    • Wetland Delineations / Functions and Values Assessments
    • Stream Encroachment and Floodplain Management
    • Agency Consultation / Coordination and Pre-Application Meetings
    • Plant and Animal Population and Community Surveys
    • Threatened and Endangered Species Surveys
    • Perennial Stream Determinations
    • Aquatic Macroinvertebrates and Fish Community Studies
    • Lake, Pond and Reservoir Assessments
    • GIS Modeling and Mapping
  • Land Use Management and Planning
    • Environmental Assessments and Impact Statements
    • Natural Resource Damage Assessments
    • Baseline Ecological Inventories and Evaluations
    • Ecosystems Restoration and Enhancement
    • Wetland Mitigation / Creation and Restoration Plans
    • Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans
    • Municipal Comprehensive Plans
    • Conceptual Site Plans
    • Due Diligence Investigations
    • Ecological Risk Assessments
  • Water Quality and Quantity Assessments
    • Watershed Management Plans
    • Water Budget Analysis
    • Stormwater Management
    • Surface Water
      • Chemical Analysis
      • Biological Assessments
      • Habitat Quality Assessments, including Riparian Corridors
      • Aquatic Impact Statements
      • Discharge Permits
    • Risk Assessment of Chemical and Biological Agents
    • Well Head Protection Plans
    • Ground Water
      • Chemical Analysis
      • Flow
      • Recharge Protection and Enhancements
      • Withdrawal Assessments
      • Stream Restoration

ELM's Environmental Planning and Natural Resources services are coordinated by Dr. Peter Brussok.  You can contact her at PPBrussock@elminc.com with any questions about our services in this area.