For many of us, water simply flows from the faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports.
- Sandra Postal, Lost Oasis, Facing Water Scarcity, 1997
Since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, identification and protection of wetlands has been a national mandate. Sovereign's experience provides clients with top expertise in local, state, and federal regulations. Sovereign's ability to rapidly identify potential environmental and ecological constraints enables us to provide regulatory and site design support to clients as well as streamline the process from the conceptual phase to construction oversight.
Wetlands are an integral component of many ecosystems, providing critical wildlife habitat as well as storm water control and pollution filtration. Increased awareness about the value of wetlands, the pressure to develop land, and the push to preserve and protect wetlands has resulted in rapid changes to federal, state, and local wetland regulations and ordinances.
Sovereign has completed hundreds of wetlands projects ranging in size from small commercial developments in wetland transition areas to extensive linear right-of-way delineation and permitting projects crossing through multiple states, habitats, and jurisdictions. Our staff excels at developing and implementing cost-efficient and low-impact solutions that are tailored to each project's land use, habitats, and ecosystems.