Natural Resource Professionals, LLC

Specialized Wetland Consulting and Water Resources Engineering Services
Serving a defined market area of LA, MS, TX and AL (Professional Engineering Services in LA)


Delineations

 

A highly accurate wetland delineation is the single-most important step in evaluating land-use potential and economic return on any given property.

 
South Louisiana alone supports well over 30% of the wetland acreage in the Lower 48 states of the US.  Thus, the majority of projects involving new land development will either impact wetlands or be forced to avoid them.

A Jurisdictional Determination (JD) from the US Army Corps of Engineers represents the “official” status of wetlands or waters of the US within a given site. In order for an area to be considered a wetland, it must contain all three of the following: a dominance of wetland plant communities, hydric (wetland) soils, and wetland hydrology.  NRP biologists are well trained in indentifying both wetlands and non-wetland areas, and our survey methods and results are typically accepted by the Corps of Engineers with very high accuracy.  

NRP is confident with the use of field instrumentation to fully identify wetlands and nonwetlands.  NRP was the first wetland consultant in south Louisiana to use GPS mapping as a standard tool for delineations.  NRP routinely installs shallow groundwater wells with data recorders to accurately assess wetlands hydrology on sites where hydrology is uncertain and critical.  JDs are typically valid for 5 years and are necessary for a Section 404 Permit Application.
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