The Streamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) is a stream-breeding salamander with a stocky body and a small head. They are usually colored gray to black, with lighter grey speckles on their sides. They are considered a medium sized salamander, measuring between 4 to 5.5 inches. They are from the family Ambystomatidae (known as mole salamanders) and are similar in appearance to the Small-mouthed Salamander (Ambystoma texanum). The two similar species can be differentiated due to habitat; the streamside salamander is found in upland habitats close to streams with limestone bedrock.
Lord & Winter staff can help in your project planning phase identify and assess suitability of critical bat habitat and conduct presence/absence surveys. Our experience includes acoustic monitoring, echolocation call identification, radio-tracking, roost tree identification, and the handling and capture of species. Call Lord & Winter to help you minimize and avoid any impact to local bat species.
In the strictest sense, if you don’t complete an environmental due diligence process you are not only buying commercial property, you may be buying environmental liability. Contamination from previous land use follows the purchaser unless protected by innocent landowner provisions of CERCLA.
The permitting and construction of development projects such as marine terminals, surface mines, and commercial developments in Louisiana are especially challenging due to the extent of the coastal management zone and complex freshwater inland wetland ecosystems.
Wetland delineations must be completed in advance of commercial development site layout to help minimize impact to protected wetland areas. If impact to wetlands is unavoidable, a wetland delineation is needed to quantify the type and acreage of impact. Below is a list of tasks to consider during project planning to contract a wetland consultant, identify wetlands within your project area, determine wetland area jurisdiction, permit unavoidable wetland impact and comply with permit conditions during construction.
Constructing a large pipeline, water line, or transmission line project in Tennessee is exciting and challenging. But project planning is required to ensure all environmental permits are obtained prior to the pre-bid meeting. Below is a checklist for Project Managers to scope the environmental permitting of linear Right-Of-Way (ROW) energy, mining, and utility projects in Tennessee.
Commercial, utility, and mining projects frequently require environmental permitting. But when is a stream hydrologic determination needed? A Hydrologic Determination may be required if your project crosses or is adjacent to a watercourse in Tennessee. The Hydrologic Determination is required to meet state of Tennessee and metropolitan area MS4 stormwater rules. Below are some answers to commonly asked questions about Hydrologic Determinations in Tennessee.
Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil or is present at or near the surface of the soil for varying periods or all times during the year. There are several legal and non-legal definitions for a wetland but they all acknowledge three main components needed for an area to be deemed a wetland: hydrology, hydric soils, and hydrophytic vegetation.