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900-acre Site Development, Sanctuary at Costa Grande, Calhoun County, Texas (2007-2012)
To support this development project, Crouch Environmental Services performed a variety of biological resource studies, including a wetland delineation, habitat assessment, and presence/absence survey for federal and state listed species.
The project site was located in close proximity to the Aransas National Wildlife refuge, which is federally designated as critical habitat for an endangered bird species, the whooping crane (Grus americana). This posed a unique and complex issue for the developer of the proposed project. Mr. Greg Crouch responded by conducting research to gather 15 years of whooping crane sightings on the central Texas Coast, and he proved that whooping cranes would not be affected by the proposed project. This was documented in a biological assessment following the consultation process as mandated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.
Crouch Environmental Services followed up by conducting an intensive five-year monitoring program for whooping cranes on the project site. Results of the five-year study demonstrated that whooping cranes habituated to the anthropogenic disturbance associated with construction of the residential community.
Crouch Environmental Services also prepared, coordinated, and acquired a permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers for impacts to jurisdictional waters and wetlands pursuant to Sections 10 and 404 of the Clean Water Act. To compensate for the impacts associated with the project, Crouch Environmental Services designed and created approximately 60 acres of on-site saltwater, freshwater, and seagrass mitigation areas.
3,000-Acre Master Planned Residential Subdivision, Montgomery County, Texas
The project site, an existing 3,000-acre residential subdivision, is located between Interstate Highway 45 and State Highway 59 in southern Montgomery County, Texas. Prior to Crouch Environmental Services' involvement, the client received numerous cease and desist orders and administrative appeals from the US Environmental protection Agency (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for alleged violations of Sections 401, 402, and 404 of the Clean Water Act. As a leading environmental firm in the Houston area, Crouch Environmental Services was hired as an expert witness on behalf of the client.
The Crouch Environmental team became involved following initiation of legal action against the client for allegedly unpermitted impacts to waters of the US, including wetlands. On behalf the client, Crouch Environmental Services provided expert technical consulting services related to wetlands, Sections 404, 402, and 401 of the Clean Water Act, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, and regulatory guidance issued pertaining to wetlands and waters of the US by the USACE and the EPA.
Crouch Environmental Services performed preliminary site visits for comparison surveys of previously delineated areas, collection of forensic data related to wetlands and other waters of the US, threatened and endangered species assessment, navigable waters assessment, and other environmental surveys. Crouch assisted the client with the preparation of depositions and expert testimony for witness preparation, and figures and exhibits related to the comparison of data for the project site. Due to their diligent efforts, Crouch was assigned additional work, including water quality sampling, USACE records research and literature review, and soil testing and classification.
Through a broad and effective coordination approach, Crouch Environmental Services assisted the client and the client's attorney in evaluating the effects of the alleged charges and coordinating project defense.
183-Acre Residential Development and Marina on Matagorda Bay, Calhoun County, Texas
This development is a 183-acre site located on the west side of Matagorda Bay in Calhoun County, Texas. The intent of the project was to provide a bayside multi-use community with direct water access to Matagorda Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and to provide docking facilities and associated marine structures. The site is comprised of open water, submerged bay bottom habitat, emergent fresh and salt water wetlands, and upland communities.
Crouch Environmental Services submitted a USACE Section 404 and 401 Individual Permit application to authorize construction of the waterfront residential community, including development of access canals and breakwaters into Matagorda Bay, a saltwater marina excavated from uplands, and associated roadways and stormwater management facilities. Crouch Environmental Services prepared an application to the Texas General Land Office for a permit to lease coastal submerged land that would be required for the construction of the proposed access channel and breakwaters in Matagorda Bay.
Crouch Environmental Services conducted numerous environmental surveys, including wetland delineation, threatened and endangered species assessment, essential fish habitat assessment, seagrass and oyster bed surveys, cultural resource screening level review, underwater cultural resource survey, pedestrian survey with shovel testing and backhoe trenching, and a water quality flushing analysis.
Subsequent to completion of the environmental studies, Crouch Environmental Services coordinated with project engineers to develop a site plan that minimized impacts to regulated resources. Crouch Environmental Services developed a comprehensive mitigation plan to compensate for unavoidable impacts, including the creation of 9 acres of freshwater wetlands, 38 acres of open water/bay bottom habitat, and 9 acres of wetland preservation.
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