Rising energy demands and increased regulation have caused utility companies to invest in major repairs and upgrades to aging infrastructure. As part of these endeavors, a solid understanding of environmental regulations and strong relationships with regulatory agencies are critical.
The ecological team at raSmith has provided environmental screening services for thousands of utility projects throughout Wisconsin. These screenings include an initial desktop review to determine the probability that natural resource features are present, followed by field investigations that include wetland and waterway delineations, endangered resources reviews, and GPS surveying.
raSmith further assists our utility clients by mapping natural resource features using the latest GIS technology and obtaining the necessary permits required for each project. Permits may include federal and state wetland and waterway, erosion control, or local shoreland and floodplain zoning.