Blackbird has significant experience researching functions associated with aquatic
ecosystems including wetlands. Furthermore, Blackbird’s staff has published scientific
articles on assessing ecosystem function within wetlands. Blackbird has performed
several formal wetland delineations and is very familiar with the United States Army
Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) wetland delineation manual (USACE, 1987). In addition,
Blackbird has completed projects utilizing the USACE’s recently accepted regional
supplements to the delineation manual. Blackbird understands the USACE’s methods
of assessing wetland functions; therefore, we can develop the most appropriate conceptual
mitigation plan for your projects.
Blackbird is also familiar with the United States Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) and USACE Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources; Final Rule
effective June 9, 2008. The published 70 Federal Register 73 (10 April 2008) established
the standards and criteria for the use of all types of compensatory mitigation. We
have successfully completed several mitigation plan conceptual designs and obtained
Clean Water Act, Section 404 permits for those projects.