Marine Environmental Study Design & Management
Marine renewable and hydrokinetic projects are closely regulated and monitored by resource and environmental agencies. MHK projects can undergo considerable scrutiny because there is little direct published information at present available regarding the effects of these technologies on fish and other aquatic life. Significant data collection efforts are underway, but it is important to clearly understand the concerns of the agencies in these cases so that directed, effective studies can be planned to keep costs at a minimum.
Kleinschmidt’s team of scientists and biologists has extensive experience with freshwater and saltwater fish and aquatic species. Our staff is experienced in dealing with rare, threatened and endangered (RTE) species and has experience compiling NEPA environmental assessments (EA) and environmental impact statements (EIS) as well as performing Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) assessments. In particular, our staff includes national experts with anadromous fish such as Atlantic and Pacific Salmon species as well as Sturgeon, which can often be a stumbling block in tidal or in-stream projects.
In addition to fish studies, our terrestrial and wetland scientists and biologists are often deployed for shore-side tasks such as wetland delineation or coastal habitat assessment which can be small but important components of the environmental studies for landside cable landings or substation construction.
Furthermore, understanding recreational and stakeholder use in the project area is also a critical project component. Kleinschmidt is able to work with marine renewable developers to engage with stakeholders and develop mitigation plans or education strategies.
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