Land Use Ecological Services has performed numerous projects for a variety of municipal and private clients over the years, including:
Land Use was established in 1981 by Charles W. Bowman and is located in Medford, New York. Land Use works with clients throughout Long Island, New York City, New Jersey, and the Hudson Valley.
Design and environmental permitting for over 200 successful tidal and freshwater wetland restoration projects ranging in size from 0.1 acre to over 100 acres. Land Use provides project management services to coordinate diverse teams of scientists, engineers, environmental remediation specialists, environmental planners, and GIS specialists to ensure development of restoration plans that are “build-able” and based on the physical environment characteristics required by the target species. Land Use personnel have served as the Wetland Specialist for USACE wetland restoration projects at Soundview Park (Bronx, NY), Elder’s West Island (Jamaica Bay, NY), and Gerritsen Creek/Marine Park (Brooklyn, NY).
Design of wetland and aquatic invasive plants management programs for municipalities and homeowners including control of Phragmites australis and aquatic plants including fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana), variable-leaf milfoil (Myriophyllum heterophyllum), and Brazilian elodea (Egeria densa).
Wetland impact analysis and mitigation plans for various tidal and freshwater projects ranging from single family dwellings to major regional malls. Additional waterfront development projects have included marinas, assisted senior housing projects, retail centers, condominium complexes, residential subdivisions, and waterfront revitalization projects.
Over 2,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and NYSDEC wetland delineations for various development or restoration projects.
Permitting, Environmental Assessments under NEPA, Environmental Impact Statements under SEQRA, Essential Fish Habitat Assessments, and Biological Assessments, and natural resource inventories for numerous shoreline protection projects for Fire Island communities having jurisdiction within the Fire Island National Seashore. Land Use provides ongoing planning, permitting, and management for beach nourishment, beach scraping, storm protection, recreational and community activities for 16 Fire Island communities.
Preparation of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) and Notices of Intent/Termination for Construction and Industrial projects for under NY SPDES regulations.
Environmental monitoring of vegetation, shorebirds, beach and benthic invertebrates within 16 Fire Island communities on an ongoing basis, including monitoring for endangered, threatened and rare species such as piping plover, least tern, common tern, seabeach amaranth, and seabeach knotweed.
Essential Fish Habitat Assessments for numerous projects within Long Island waters.
Design and permitting for bluff restoration and protection projects for municipalities, community associations, and homeowners.
In addition to the above, Land Use performs analysis and planning required for submission and issuance of regulatory approvals necessary for completion of projects within environmentally sensitive areas. Permitting requirements have incorporated the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments under SEQRA and NEPA, as well as a detailed knowledge of applicable environmental regulations at the Federal, State and local levels, including:
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE)
- Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 USC 403)
- Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 USC 1344)
- Nationwide Permit Coverage
- U.S. Dept. of the Interior [National Park Service (NPS) / Fire Island National Seashore (FINS)]
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service [National Wildlife Refuge Special Use Permits]
- N.Y.S. Dept. of State (NYSDOS)
- Coastal Zone Management Program
- N.Y.S. Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
- Article 24 (Freshwater Wetlands)
- Article 25 (Tidal Wetlands)
- Article 15 (Protection of Waters)
- Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act
- Article 34 (Coastal Erosion Hazard Area Regulations)
- Local Wetlands/Coastal Ordinances and zoning ordinances for all townships within Nassau and Suffolk Counties