Waters Delineation Report, Mussel Survey, Agency Coordination, and Waterway Permitting – Confidential Transloading Facility – Cincinnati, Ohio

STONE completed this very fast track project on the Ohio River within the Cincinnati area. STONE’s federally-permitted freshwater mussel surveyor coordinated with USFWS to perform a Group 4 Phase 1/Phase 2 mussel survey – and obtained approval from USFWS to conduct the mussel survey outside of the survey season timeline to allow time to complete permitting activities and initiate construction in the spring. STONE completed the mussel survey and relocation, as well as a wetland delineation within a floodplain wetland area. In an effort to expedite the Section 401/404 permitting, preapplication meetings were held with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Ohio EPA. The project was further complicated by cultural resource concerns, which were subsequently addressed through a viewshed analysis and completion of a Public Meeting. STONE quickly prepared an Individual Section 404 permit and an Individual Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) permitting package and extensively coordinated with agencies to ensure timely review.

“STONE is an instrumental part of our team on the Portsmouth By-Pass Project: the 16-mile new construction project, which is the single largest project in ODOT history. This project has come with more than its share of environmental challenges. STONE has delivered over 30 full environmental clearance reviews and reports we have requested as part of the project, handling them from start to finish in a very timely & cost effective manner. Furthermore, they’ve proven themselves as an extremely valuable resource when it comes to consulting on mitigation efforts, hazardous materials, and resolving various unknown environmental situations that the project has encountered.

 

From the top down STONE has proven they are committed to excellence and we look forward to working with them on many projects in the future.”