Jones Edmunds is a leader in advocating for our clients with regard to permitting and regulatory issues. Our approach is based on our technical and professional reputation with members of the regulatory community—a sound reputation that we have developed over the years.
Environmental and Wetlands Assessments and Permitting
Jones Edmunds offers a wide range of environmental and wetland permitting services for regional utilities, industry, local governments and land development. Wetlands are increasingly scrutinized by regulatory agencies. Our team has a broad range of experience in the investigation, assessment, permitting, management, and implementation of water resources, surface water supplies, and groundwater supplies. Members of our team have been involved with the investigation, development, and permitting of some of the largest groundwater supply systems in Florida. Our knowledge and experience includes groundwater development and management in fresh, brackish, confined, and unconfined systems, as well as in water resource or water use caution areas.
We work with regulatory agencies regularly to provide our clients with solutions that meet local, state, and federal requirements. By proactively working with these regulatory professionals, we have repeatedly achieved positive results for our clients – results based on sound financial management, technical excellence, and environmental integrity. Jones Edmunds is highly qualified to assist with environmental resource permitting and site planning including environmental site assessments, wetland delineation and permitting, wetland mitigation design, ecological monitoring/reporting, environmental audits, and gopher tortoise assessment and surveys.
Stream and Lake Restoration
Natural stream and river restoration can be accomplished by a variety of erosion and stormwater methods. System restoration begins with a study of the overall site hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and the contributing drainage areas. Restoration design may involve a combination of stormwater control structures and erosion-control methods to stabilize the stream or river channel. Our team of engineers and environmental scientists possesses a wide range of skills in hydrology and erosion control design. The long-term maintenance of the wetland system will require periodic removal of sediment. Reducing the upstream sediment load will have a tremendous impact on sediment removal costs.
Minimum Flows and Levels and Other Environmental Constraints Analyses
We understand the challenges associated with optimizing groundwater yields while avoiding adverse impacts to water resources, including environmental features and Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) on an individual and cumulative basis. Our team has participated in Minimum Flow and Level investigations for permittee clients and for conducting field investigations for the Water Management Districts. We have applied regional and local models to evaluate proposed MFLs and to evaluate the likelihood of harm in designated water resources and water use caution areas. Our ecology experts have the ability to apply spatial analysis in GIS to join and relate multiple geodatabase data for identifying areas of potential concern. Our team offers a wide range of ecological and permitting services for regional utilities, industry, local governments, and land development. We have established and implemented long-term monitoring plans to assess ecological and habitat impacts. We have also planned, negotiated, and implemented large restoration projects for wetland systems.
Wetlands Restoration, Mitigation, and Creation
Considering that Florida’s population is projected to grow by nearly 80 percent by 2030, continued restoration and rehabilitation of wetlands will become more important throughout the state in the coming years. With the growing population, wetlands don’t have to suffer. Jones Edmunds is proud to be a part of restoring impaired wetlands and improving the overall environmental quality of natural areas in Florida.
Restored wetlands serve many purposes — improving surface water quality, improving wildlife habitat and creating lands available for mitigation purposes. Mitigation is now required in the state of Florida to compensate for negative impacts of construction activities that take place in wetlands. Mitigation can be achieved by restoring or enhancing damaged wetlands, creating wetlands from uplands, and/or preserving high-quality wetlands and uplands.
Jones Edmunds ecologists are adept at identifying cost-effective mitigation solutions that offer the greatest chance of success with minimal permitting requirements. Wetland mitigation can often be accomplished by creating new wetlands, restoring degraded wetlands and uplands, enhancing disturbed wetlands and uplands, or preserving large-scale areas. Jones Edmunds has developed conceptual or permit level wetland mitigation designs for over 50 sites throughout Florida. Designs ranged from supplemental planting plans to detailed engineering design of large wetland creation areas.
Jones Edmunds has conducted ecological and field data collection, designed, and obtained permitting for several treatment wetlands. For example, we successfully designed and obtained permitting for the enhancement of a hydrologically degraded forested wetland for stormwater attenuation and treatment for NASA. This design is estimated to have saved NASA over $3,000,000 since an extensive network of underground utilities did not need to be relocated and uplands could be used for building expansion rather than stormwater ponds.
A critical component of wetland treatment projects is the hydrologic and hydraulic modeling that investigates the existing conditions and the proposed hydroperiod of the constructed wetland. Results of this modeling in conjunction with the proposed design help determine if the proposed wetland will have an appropriate hydroperiod to support wetland vegetation. Jones Edmunds water resource engineers are highly and uniquely qualified to conduct continuous simulation models that incorporate groundwater and surface water into their models. Our scientists also have extensive experience in developing detailed planting plans comprised of native species that account for various hydroperiods in the design.