Wetland Delineation and Permitting
UltraSystems provides expertise in delineating wetlands in compliance with Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act, regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and Section 1602 of the California Fish and Game Code, regulated by the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG). The USACE jurisdiction is determined in the field using the presence of an ordinary high water mark (OHWM) and the methodology in the USACE 1987 wetland delineation manual. This methodology requires that a jurisdictional wetland contain hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils, and appropriate hydrology. CDFG jurisdiction is determined by the presence of hydrophytic vegetation, the location of a definable bed and bank, and the presence of associated wildlife or fish resources. UltraSystems employs sophisticated mapping techniques to assess the boundaries of these jurisdictions and to calculate impacts associated with project development. From there, we prepare a jurisdictional delineation report describing baseline conditions and analysis of potential project impacts to each jurisdictional feature, including methods, results, and graphics depicting the approximate size and location of any jurisdictional areas. The report is consistent with the requirements of USACE and CDFG and is the necessary documentation for developing and processing Section 401 and 404 of the Federal Clean Water Act permits and obtaining a Section 1602 Streambed Alteration Agreement.