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Regulatory Permitting

Our multidisciplinary team of permitting specialists provides our clients with a full range of regulatory compliance services, including:

  • Clean Water Action Section 404 and 401 permitting
  • Rivers and Harbors Act permitting
  • Federal and California Endangered Species Act consultation assistance and permitting
  • National Historic Preservation Act compliance
  • Porter-Cologne Act permitting
  • California Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements
  • Coastal Zone Management Act compliance

ECORP understands and anticipates our clients’ needs to conduct environmental analyses and prepare reports that ensure environmental compliance for projects with multiple lead or participating agencies, including Caltrans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers USACE), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the California Coastal Commission.

Regulatory Agencies and Permits we Support

  • Clean Water Act Section 404 Permits
  • Rivers and Harbors Act (Section 10) Permits
  • No-Take planning assistance
  • ESA Section 7 Consultation/Biological Opinions and Concurrence Letters
  • ESA Section 10 Habitat Conservation Plans/Incidental Take Permits
  • Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
  • Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certifications
  • Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act Waste Discharge Requirements
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits
  • Fish and Game Code Section 1600 Streambed Alteration Agreements
  • California ESA Incidental Take Permits and Consistency Determinations

Our biologists and regulatory specialists are also well-versed in Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) requirements, and have implemented projects through the Placer County Conservation Program, South Sacramento HCP, the Yolo HCP, and the East Contra Costa HCP, among others. We specialize in providing highly qualified technical experts who will work with our clients to identify and assess key natural and cultural resource issues and develop project-specific approaches that minimize environmental impacts and facilitate regulatory approvals.

We are well qualified and highly experienced at evaluating each site’s unique biological attributes and constraints, identifying potential project impacts, and developing workable mitigation approaches that consider regulatory requirements, schedule, and cost. Our biologists understand the data collection needs and processes for complying with the biological resource provisions of CEQA/NEPA and other federal, state, and local statutes.

ECORP Can Lead from Conceptual Design to Implementation

ECORP’s diverse team of consultants works together seamlessly, forming creative solutions to meet each project’s unique requirements. Our firm brings decades of experience and a breadth of regulatory knowledge to each project. Our staff span multiple specialties and market sectors, with expertise in wide-ranging natural and cultural resources. Using this expertise, we provide a comprehensive approach to project management that fulfills our clients’ needs. As a result, we can lead our clients through the complexities of the environmental regulatory permitting process – from project inception, application preparation, agency submittal, permit negotiations on your behalf, permit approval, and project implementation.

Environmental Permitting Experts

As experts in environmental regulatory permitting, ECORP dedicates itself to staying informed on changes to regulations and new legislation at the local, state, and federal levels. ECORP’s internal Regulatory and Legislative working group tracks and keeps the company and our clients informed of current regulations, proposed changes, and proposed legislation. 

ECORP actively engages with agencies when they release new regulations or changes to existing laws. These interactions ensure we have a thorough understanding of the changes, enabling us to avoid project delays for our clients.

Senior and staff biologists conducting fish rescue on Llagas Creek
Senior and staff biologists conducting fish rescue on Llagas Creek
ECORP scientist conducting natural resources site survey
ECORP scientist conducting natural resources site survey

Taking a Leadership Role in the Regulatory Permitting Industry

ECORP has participated in the annual Cap to Cap conference for the past ten years. Through this participation, ECORP has contributed to bringing important regulatory concerns to the federal level to improve efficiency in implementing federal regulations in California.

ECORP works closely with the California Builder Industry Association (BIA) and local BIA chapters to assist in reviewing proposed legislation and regulations to understand the potential effects on current and future projects. We have also provided workshops on important regulations to the North State BIA and other clients. Examples of workshops include listing tricolored blackbirds as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act and adopting the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan.

Contact ECORP and let our environmental regulatory permitting expertise demystify and streamline your project’s permitting process.