Ecosystem Services

Ecosystems are complex, related groups of living organisms and their physical surroundings. When healthy, natural ecosystems provide valuable benefits to the surrounding environment and communities. Damage to one part of an ecosystem can have negative effects on other parts. Through time, this can affect surrounding ecosystems as well as the human environment.

EPR believes we are all stewards of the environment and have a responsibility to future generations to support healthy ecosystems. We deliver sustainable and cost-effective options for preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring ecosystems by focusing on natural and nature-based approaches.

Environmental Planning

When development or other construction projects are considered, various laws require that potential impacts to natural environments and economic, social, and political conditions be evaluated and documented. Detailed planning that meets all of these elements can be a lengthy and complex process.

EPR believes effective environmental planning provides society, project sponsors, and decision-makers with a clear picture of the potential costs, benefits, and environmental consequences. We deliver efficient and cost-effective options for project planning and permitting through detailed evaluation of project components, constraints, and regulatory requirements.

Water Resources Engineering

Man has a complex relationship with water. It's a valuable resource for drinking, agriculture, and navigation, and many people flock to coastlines, rivers, and lakes to recreate and make their homes. Human activities can affect water resources in both positive and negative ways, and too much, too little, or poor-quality water can threaten our very existence.

EPR believes that the most effective approaches to protecting water resources starts with understanding human and natural influences on the environment. We understand these relationships and provide clients with sustainable solutions to address water resource needs through enhancement, restoration, and mitigation measures.

Ecosystem Services

EPR believes that in most cases, natural and nature-based approaches are the most appropriate solution to restore ecosystem functions. Nature-based design and construction techniques have a growing track record of working in harmony with the natural tendencies of streams and other ecosystems. EPR has successfully applied these techniques to meet client goals under a wide range of conditions and challenges, using conventional approaches where necessary.

As a small business, we’re able to customize solutions to meet restoration objectives under a wide range of physical, social, and economic constraints. Our staff are trained and mentored to provide the best in project management and technical expertise in evaluating and assessing ecosystem functions, identifying sustainable solutions, preparing design and construction plans, and monitoring project success.

EPR staff have completed hundreds of ecosystem restoration projects throughout the eastern United States and Gulf Coast Region. We’re happy to share our experiences and discuss the possibilities for your restoration needs.

  • Field Assessments & Field Data Collection
  • Floodplain, Stream & Wetland Assessments
  • Channel Stability
  • Vegetation & Biological Inventories
  • Function-Based Assessment, Stream Quantification Tool
  • Total Maximum Daily Load Reduction Assessments
  • Threatened & Endangered Species
  • Wetland Delineation
  • Forest Stand Delineation
  • Mitigation Project Planning & Development
  • Floodplain, Stream and Wetland Restoration Design
  • Applied Research
  • Regional Bankfull Channel Dimensions
  • Reference Reach Data Collection
  • Channel Morphology
  • Watershed Characterization and Prioritization Plans

More information about EPR’s Ecosystem Restoration Services are also provided in our Corporate Brochure.

Environmental Planning

EPR believes that thorough planning protects both the natural environment and the needs of the public and nearby communities. Early and complete planning provides clear alternatives for the most sustainable solutions and investments, and avoids costly regulatory challenges that may delay project schedules.

EPR’s strength lies in our ability to evaluate early-stage proposals and designs, identify potential regulatory challenges, and advise clients on appropriate options that meet their project goals. Our planning and permitting staff are trained in planning policies and regulations and stay updated on the latest changes at the national, state, and local levels. EPR scientists and technical staff have access to the most current methods and technologies to provide the highest quality data and information to support environmental planning and meet agency requirements.

EPR has received environmental clearance for a host of complex environmental planning documents under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Our federal and state agency coordination and permitting expertise has ensured that projects are carried out in the most responsible, transparent, and sustainable manner. EPR can help your project succeed with expert planning and regulatory assistance.

  • NEPA Environmental Documentation
  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)
  • Environmental Assessments (EA)
  • Categorical Exclusions (CE)
  • Watershed Management & Implementation Plans
  • Turn-Key Mitigation Planning
  • Landscape Architecture & Concept Renderings
  • Permitting Applications & Process Assistance
  • USACE Section 401 & 404 Permits
  • Section 10 Permits
  • State/Federal Rare, Threatened & Endangered Species Permits
  • Notice of Intent (NOI) Permits
  • Sedimentation & Erosion Control Plan Permits

More information about EPR’s Environmental Planning and Permitting Services are also provided in our Corporate Brochure.

Water Resources Engineering

EPR believes that protecting the relationship between man and water is best served by understanding natural processes, community needs, and ecosystem services provided to the community by the environment. Consideration of these factors offers sustainable, long-term solutions to protecting water resources, life, property, and community well-being.

EPR’s engineers and scientists have experience living and working in a wide range of natural environments, from coastal plains of the eastern seaboard and Gulf of Mexico to the arid southwest. Our water resources staff are trained in, and understand, the natural processes of inland and coastal environments. EPR staff uses a variety of tools to engage and understand client needs, stakeholder interests, and regulatory requirements. We bring a deep understanding of natural resources together with community needs to ensure the most appropriate and sustainable options are considered for every project.

EPR has produced local- and watershed-scale studies, analyses, and engineering designs for public and private client projects. Our expertise is shared through project-specific workshops to help clients, regulators, and the public understand these complex systems and to gain support for balanced, sustainable solutions. EPR’s staff are ready and able to help your water resources project succeed.

  • Hydrologic & Hydraulic (1D/2D) Modeling
  • Sedimentation & Erosion Control Design
  • Channel Stabilization Design
  • Scour Analysis
  • Watershed Master Planning
  • FEMA CLOMR / LOMR & Permitting
  • Floodplain & Stormwater Management Design
  • Low Impact Development (LID) Analysis & Design
  • BMP Analysis & Design
  • Earthen Dam Design
  • SWPPP Preparation & Construction Inspections
  • Detention / Retention & Dam Breach Analysis

More information about EPR’s Water Resources Engineering Services are also provided in our Corporate Brochure.