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The President, Paul Bollinger, has over 10 years of environmental consulting experience. This experience has lead to a diversity of environmental situations and projects.

Bollinger Environmental, Inc. can provide the following consulting services:

  • Wetland delineations
    Any land development project usually requires a wetland delineation. We can perform wetland delineations of project sites to determine the limits of wetlands present using methodology outlined in the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual. The results of the field investigation are summarized in a letter report suitable for permitting by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
  • Federal, Nationwide, Regional, and Individual Wetland Permitting (section 404 of the Clean Water Act)
    USACE jurisdictional wetlands require a federal nationwide, regional, or an individual permit to impact. The necessary documentation and exhibits can be put together suitable for permitting purposes.
  • State Water Quality Certification (section 401 of the Clean Water Act)
    The IEPA issues water quality certification for projects not covered under section 404 of the Clean Water Act. On complex projects water quality certification is necessary along with a federal permit. The necessary documentation and exhibits can be put together suitable for permitting purposes.
  • Local wetland permitting (for example DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Lake Counties)
    Some Chicago region counties have adopted local ordinances to regulate wetlands and natural areas. These ordinances are usually more stringent towards development than federal or state regulations. We have proven success getting the most complex projects approved.
  • Environmental review for compliance for government agencies
    Consulting services as an environmental reviewer include assisting Villages, Counties, etc. in reviewing plans and site visits on land improvement projects as they relate to local ordinances. Recommendations are usually given on compliance.
  • Tree surveys that comply with local ordinances
    Local ordinances and/or agencies (IDOT) have their own criteria for conducting trees surveys for land improvement projects. Most of the time trees are tagged, sized, identified and evaluated for condition and form.
  • Vegetative monitoring for federal to local compliance
    Vegetative monitoring for federal to local compliance is usually a requirement when a permit for a project is issued that allows a wetland mitigation area or natural area enhancement in-lieu of impacts. The permit outlines specifics on how monitoring should be conducted. Monitoring visits are conducted and reports written on the status of permitted natural areas.
  • Wetland and natural area mitigation design
    Wetland and natural area mitigation designs are sometimes a requirement for a land improvement project approval. These designs are coordinated with an engineer as hydrology is a key factor. Our designs incorporated sound ecological knowledge for success.
  • Natural area management and restoration plans and specifications
    Plans and specifications need to be drawn-up for created wetland mitigation and natural areas. This provides a road map on how the created and/or enhanced areas should be managed in the short and long-term.
  • Flora mapping with written reports
    Plant community mapping and quality assessment are useful for conservation funding purposes. Tasks include delineating, describing and assigning quality ratings for all plant communities utilizing the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory grading system or other methodologies. Communities are mapped on a current aerial and a report is written.
  • Endangered and threatened species searches
    Endangered and threatened (E & T) species searches can be a requirement of a permit or in a request for proposal from an agency. The E &T species search can be as simple as an ECOCAT submittal to the IDNR or as complex as a site with a written report on population size and vitality.
  • Erosion control inspections and recommendations
    Most erosion problems within waterways are a direct result of land improvement projects. Federal, state and local regulations require erosion control inspection on these projects so they can comply. Failure to comply could result in a violation notice and/or a work stoppage. Therefore, inspections to correct deficiencies in land improvement projects help keep waterways clean and projects moving.
  • Best management practices (BMP) design and recommendations
    BMPs’ are incorporated into a project on a case-by-case basis. Identifying potential problem areas ahead of time and selecting the correct BMP improves permitting situations and actual land construction activities as they relate to water quality. Many BMPs’ can be incorporated into a design or should be looked for when reviewing a project.
  • NPDES / Designated Erosion Control Inspector
    Designated Erosion Control Inspector (DECI):  A person responsible for, at a minimum, verifying compliance and on-going maintenance of the approved soil erosion and sediment control plan measures of a development. Under IEPA, NPDES Phase II permits, many developments are required to meet standards for SE/SC and water quality and reporting.
  • Public hearings on environmental issues
    A presentation maybe required at a public hearing as a requirement on a land improvement project to prove that it complies with environmental regulations. Presentations can occur on large or small scales depending on the project.
  • Environmental education
    We provide environmental education to public and/or private entities on environmental issues and plant identification.