Evaluating Environmental Impacts

Large or small, all projects involve some degree of environmental impact and regulatory authorities (city, county, state, federal) require that applicants include some level of environmental analysis when submitting for permits. In some cases this review will have little effect on the scope of your project, while some development may require detailed Environmental Impact Statements. We can assist you with any level or type of environmental analysis.

One of the most common (and highly regulated) environmental features is surface water. This makes sense in Western Washington where we get large amounts of rainfall and are surrounded by lakes, streams, wetlands and our crown jewel the Puget Sound. All projects are subject to standards under the federal Clean Water Act, but in most cases our city and county governments have additional regulations to protect surface water.

We are well prepared to assist applicants in managing surface water from their projects and avoiding impacts to existing water bodies by utilizing the standard ‘Best Management Practices’, as well as employing a variety of innovative techniques to keep project costs low and headaches to a minimum. Ask us to describe these and show you some examples.

In addition to protecting surface waters the environmental regulations include a wide variety of potential impacts from things like noise, air pollution, lighting, traffic and effects on both plant and wildlife species.

Special attention is given to any regulated species such as the bald eagle, killer whale or local Chinook salmon due to their status on the threatened/endangered species list.

Habitats associated with these species are also given special protection and Saratoga Environmental is capable of locating and mapping these habitats. We also specialize in writing management plans to ensure projects will not create significant adverse impacts. This can be vital to the success of your project.