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Coastal Engineering & Marine Sciences

Case Study

Block Island Wind Farm Environmental Compliance Monitoring
Block Island Wind Farm Environmental Compliance Monitoring

ESS is providing third-party environmental compliance monitoring to support the construction and installation of the Block Island Wind Farm and the Sea2Shore Transmission System.
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Coastal Zone Management

Coastal Zone MappingMore than half of the US population lives along the country’s shoreline, where competing interests require sensible management of limited resources of immense recreational, commercial, and ecological value. ESS services provide sustainable coastal development and revitalization. ESS works for clients in both the public and private sector to support projects in the coastal zone that balance development with ecosystem protection and effective resource management strategies. Our coastal zone management expertise includes:

  • Project Siting and Routing Alternatives Analyses
  • Environmental Impact Assessments (NEPA, State)
  • Coastal Zone Consistency
  • Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 and 401 Permitting
  • Rivers and Harbors Act Section 10 Permitting
  • NPDES Stormwater Discharge Management
  • Wetlands Restoration and Ecological Compliance Monitoring
  • Watershed Modeling and TMDL Evaluations

Marine Spatial Planning

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data as a tool, multiple resource datasets can be layered onto a single site plan so that the interrelationships between resources can be more easily understood. With marine spatial planning, scientists, regulators, resource users, and public interest groups are all able to readily access resource data and use it to assess coastal zone management issues. Resources commonly addressed in marine spatial planning include:

  • Coastal Wetland and Wildlife Habitats
  • Commercial Shellfish and Fisheries Resources
  • Navigation and Marine Transportation Features
  • Recreation and Public Access Areas
  • Visual and Cultural Resources
  • Historic Tidelands and Shorelines
  • Water and Sediment Quality Data
  • Floodplains and Natural Hazard Areas