A wide range of ecological services to support the science in environmental projects.
The Ecological Services Division of Es² is committed to providing you with realistic solutions to your environmental problems. With our understanding of the complexities of the natural environment we can manage your project from conception to completion. In addition, Es² can also supplement your knowledge base on projects by bridging the gap in areas which are outside of your realm of experience.
Our Ecological Services Division provides a variety of ecological services that encompasses both aquatic and terrestrial environments. With our expertise in areas such as Coastal Management and Restoration, Environmental Site Assessments, GIS and Field Mapping, Field Sampling and Analysis and Litigation Support, we are confident that we can fulfill the needs of your project no matter how big or small.
Coastal Management and Restoration
Our coastal areas are delicate environments that are constantly changing. Natural and manmade water front erosion causes not only loss of human use but also loss of critical habitat to wildlife species such as the beach mouse, shorebirds and nesting sea turtles.
There are not always easy answers to these complex problems but we are dedicated to finding the right solution for your situation. Whether it is the installation of living shorelines, creation of oyster reefs, implementation of beach dune stabilization techniques, the relocation of submerged aquatic vegetation or geomorphology studies we will address the issue head on and develop the appropriate solution to fit the environmental needs of the problem at hand
Beach Dune Restoration
Beach Dune Restoration - Coastal beaches are continuously being impacted by winds and seas which keep them in a constant state of flux, altering between varying degrees of erosion and accretion. Dune systems provide essential habitat to species such as shorebirds, beach mice and nesting sea turtles. Vegetating beaches with plants that are native to this environment will aid with repairing and enhancing damaged systems as well as with the establishment of new dune systems. Several factors can in part determine the success of a restoration project including knowing not only what to plant but also when, where and how to plant it. If the needs of your project include habitat development, then identifying the needs of key or target species is essential to developing a comprehensive plan. Our services can provide you with as broad or narrow of a focus as your project scope requires. From plan development to implementation and monitoring we can make your dream a reality.
Living Shorelines - The shores of bays and estuaries are susceptible to shoreline erosion. Traditional methods of shoreline stabilization include armoring the shoreline with seawalls, jetties, rip-rap and the like. These structures are not always efficient at protecting the shoreline and can, over time, become the cause of the erosion that they were put in place to prevent. Instead of using these manmade hardened structures have living shorelines installed which utilize native vegetation to protect and enhance the shoreline. These shorelines can be as simple as utilizing only vegetation, to as complex as utilizing vegetation, oyster reefs and breakwaters. Once established these shorelines can provide a higher degree of shoreline protection than the armored shoreline and requires less maintenance than its hardened counterpart. Once a site assessment has been completed an informed decision can be made to as if a living shoreline is appropriate for your location. We can then take your project from plan development all the way through to installation and monitoring.
Oyster Reef Creation
Oyster Reef Creation - Oysters are essential filter feeders within estuarine systems that can effectively decrease the amount of suspended solids as well as assist with the removal of nutrients, dissolved organics and plankton within a water body. Because of their high filtering capacity and ability to remove these dissolved and suspended materials from their environment, establishment of oyster reefs can aid in the revitalization of impaired waters. Through the oyster’s ability to reduce the amount of suspended sediment, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) growth and survival can be positively impacted. At Es² we are ready to help you make a positive impact to the natural environment. Contact our Ecological Services Division to get your project started today
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation - SAVs are plants that grow below the water’s surface such as Thalassia, Haladoulii and Ruppia. These are important for aiding with bottom stabilization as well as for providing nursery areas for juvenile finfish and shrimp. Additionally they also provide forage areas for many species of fish as well as for certain species of sea turtles. We can initiate seagrass relocation services as well as provide seagrass surveys and mapping services. Through our SAV relocation program we can help revitalize damaged SAV beds as well as initiate new SAV populations.
Environmental Site Assessments
Do you need to know the acreage and classification of wetlands on your project site, or if T&E species are present? Planning to install power or communication towers and are in need of bird or wildlife surveys? Need an environmental feasibility study? We can help you with all of this and more. Our staff is dedicated to conducting quality assessments that provide you with reliable and trusted results.
Wetlands - Wetlands are found in association with both freshwater and marine systems, or as isolated inland pockets and can be distinguished by their distinct vegetation and soil types. They are important parts of the environment as they serve as biological filters, helping to remove nutrients and chemicals from the waters that run through them as well as serving as sediment traps. They also aid in stabilizing shorelines as well as providing shelter and forage areas for their inhabitants. Through our delineation and mitigation services our wetland scientist can assist you with protecting and enhancing these delicate systems. Site assessments, species inventory and wetland delineations are all within our realm of capabilities. Our GIS department can process this information to produce detailed site maps, providing the information you need to make an informed decision.
The products of GIS can be used as powerful tools when evaluating biological and ecological data. Whether it is determining the amount of wetlands in a given area, monitoring coastal erosion, determining wildlife habitat or following the outcome of your project over time, GIS is the tool to use. Its applications are endless. The GIS Team at Es² is very adept at producing maps that show the big picture. Need to see what field points your tech is marking while he is in the field conducting surveys? We can help you with that to through our custom web mapping applications.
Sampling and Analysis
Addressing environmental issues often requires collection and processing of field samples for laboratory analysis. Utilizing proper collection techniques is of utmost importance not only for obtaining valid results but also for preventing costly mistakes. At Es² we follow approved methods and utilize proper equipment when collecting environmental samples. We are capable of collecting a wide variety of environmental samples from many terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Whether you are in need of the collection and analysis of soil, sediment, water, or benthic samples we have the means and know how to get the sample and get it right.
Litigation Support Services
Accurate, authoritative, and science-based are critical elements that must be at the forefront of any legal effort. Es² has built its reputation on these core tenets and can provide a wide variety of litigation support services for your legal team. Land loss assessments, historical shoreline analysis, and habitat change are just a few examples of expert reports and testimony that Es² can provide.
What makes working with Es2 so great?
We are a group of consummate environmental professionals who approach all projects, big and small, with diligence and innovation. We are Registered Engineers, Certified GIS Professionals, Experienced Scientists and Technicians who all demand serious and meticulous results.
Backed By Experience
Established in 1996, Es² provides a wide range of engineering and science support services for Industry and the Public Sector built around high-end technologies such as GIS, GPS, image processing, and analytical data processing. Robert Simmons, P.E., President of Es², has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry including 16 years as an engineer at Exxon where he served as a Task Force Operations Manager in Prince William Sound during the Exxon Valdez spill cleanup. Andrew Milanes, P.E., Vice-President of Es² has 25 years of experience in private consulting providing high-quality services and solutions to his clients.
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