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On-Site Wetland Assessments and Determinations of a Yard-Waste Composting Expansion Site

Wetland Assessments, Delineation, and Permitting

Client: Confidential Yard-Waste Composting Operation | Location: Northwestern Indiana

Prior to a potential expansion of a yard waste composting operation, Weaver Consultants Group completed a background review of available sources in order to identify the potential presence of wetland areas on the property.  Multiple on-site wetland assessments and determinations of an approximately 30-acre expansion site were needed to evaluate for the presence and location of wetlands on the property and to assist client with an evaluation of alternatives to impacting identified wetland areas.  The client was assisted with identifying options to avoid and minimize impacts to the identified wetland areas as a result of the proposed expansion.  In addition, these activities included a wetland delineation following the Army Corps of Engineers’ Regional Supplement, which identified the presence of low-quality wetlands and a high-quality, globally-rare dune-swale wetland community.  

Due to the high-quality nature of the identified dune-swale wetland community, an evaluation of the presence of state- and federal-listed threatened, endangered, and rare species was completed, which were identified to be present on the property and in the vicinity of the Gary/Chicago International Airport. Weaver Consultants Group assisted the property owner with wetland mitigation negotiations and permitting with the Chicago District of the Army Corps of Engineers, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Indiana Department of Environmental Management, which included the preservation of the dune-swale habitat as compensatory mitigation for impacts to low-quality wetlands.