It is important to make sure that your project is constructed in strict compliance with all rules, regulations and policies.
In today’s world of complicated environmental regulations and policies and increased enforcement, it is important to make sure that your project is constructed in strict compliance with all rules, regulations and policies. This can mean the difference between long delays, fines and negative press and a smooth running project with positive media coverage and praise from the regulators.
Jim and Jacki McCulley, the owners of Watershed Eco LLC., have extensive experience in environmental monitoring and permit compliance work. Jim previously worked as a regulator at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District prior to forming his own environmental company (JCM Environmental) 22 years ago in 1990. Jacki joined the firm as the business manager in 2000 and together they grew the company to over 25 employees performing millions of dollars’ worth of environmental consulting work in the mid-Atlantic region.
The Peninsula on Indian River Bay
When Jim McCulley secured one of the largest wetland fill permits for a private development in Sussex County, Delaware, the Corps of Engineers and the State of Delaware wanted an environmental monitor on the site to make sure that all of the promises that were made, were fulfilled during construction. These promises included: exclusionary fencing maintained through the life of the project, contractor fines for trespass into excluded areas, maintenance of resources that were identified as “to be preserved” in the permit applications, surface and ground water monitoring, sediment and erosion control inspections and contractor education. The developer proposed Jim and the Corps and the State approved.
This project won numerous environmental awards and was praised by State and County regulators for the manner in which environmental compliance was achieved throughout the site construction activities.
This compliance project was not without its challenges including telling Jack Nicklaus that the pine tree he wanted to cut to get a better shot from the pro tee was within a preservation area and identified as a preserved tree and could not be cut. The tree survives today as promised to the agencies and the shot off the pro tee on 8 requires a little finesse.
When DelDOT started planning Route 1, a major north-south route to relieve traffic on Route 13, they called Jim McCulley to assist with wetland delineation, wetland permitting, rare species delineation and wetland mitigation design, construction oversight and monitoring.
The result was the largest wetland fill permit ever granted in the State of Delaware (over 100 acres) and the largest wetland mitigation project undertaken in the State (over 200 acres). Jim oversaw roadway construction in critical environmental areas, wetland creation construction and wetland restoration construction, working with contractors, DOT and the regulatory agencies.
Jim developed an idea to re-use the stumps from woodland clearing areas in the wetland mitigation areas to add organic matter, shade and refuge for birds and small animals. This idea was praised by regulators and saved the DOT substantial sums of money for hauling and disposal of the stumps.