Environmental, Biological, & Land Use
Consulting & Management Firm
Environmental, Biological, & Land Use
Consulting & Management Firm
We specialize in assisting clients with meeting project design standards and goals.
We specialize in assisting clients with meeting project design standards and goals.
Since 1988, we have assisted more than 1,750 clients on over 40,500 acres of public and private land through local, state, and federal biological permitting and consultation processes.
Since 1988, we have assisted more than 1,750 clients on over 40,500 acres of public and private land through local, state, and federal biological permitting and consultation processes.
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Aqua-Terr Systems, Inc. is a Pacific Northwest based environmental,  biological, and land use consulting and management firm specializing in assisting clients with meeting project design standards and goals given regulatory requirements and best available science.

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Since 1988, we have served over 1,750 clients on over 40,500 acres of public and private land through local, state, and federal biological permitting and consultation processes. We assess biological critical areas on tracts greater than 1,000 acres and parcels less than 1 acre for large and small development projects, including commercial, residential, and public facilities.

Our general service areas include Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan, Snohomish, Snohomish, and King counties, with clients in the greater Washington area, Alaska, and Canada. In addition, we consult with local jurisdictions including Anacortes, Arlington, Bellingham, Blaine, Burlington, Ferndale, Lynden, Mount Vernon, Nooksack, Sedro-Woolley, Hamilton, and Point Roberts, state agencies including Ecology and WDFW, federal agencies including Corps, USFWS, USEPA, and NOAA, and sovereign nations including the Upper Skagit, Nooksack, and Lummi Native Tribes.

Property Types

  • Single Family
  • Housing Developments
  • Commercial
  • Road & Utility
  • Public Facilities

Who

  • Private Individuals
  • Private Developers
  • Public Entities

General

  • Biological Assessments (WSDOT Senior Author/Evaluation for Endangered Species & Essential Fish Habitat)
  • Biological Critical Areas Assessments (Fish, Floodplain, Habitat, Streams, Wetland, & Wildlife)
  • Buffer Determinations
  • Expert Witness
  • Faunal & Floral Assessments & Surveys
  • Aerial (Wheeled/Float Plane & Helicopter), Ground (Drive, Hike, Wade, & Walk), Water (Kayak, Pontoon, Vessel, Scuba, & Snorkel)
  • Amphibian, Avian, Benthic Macroinvertebrates, Crepuscular, Endangered Species, Fish (Including Spawning Ground), Mammal (including Marine), & Ungulate
  • Camera, Recorder, Scope, & Visual
  • Functional Assessments
  • Geospatial Analysis (AutoCAD/GIS)
  • Impact Analysis
  • Meetings
  • Mitigation Planning
  • Design (Creation, Enhancement, Preservation, & Restoration), Banks, Permittee Responsible (Onsite & Offsite), Watershed Approach, Credit/Debit
  • Ordinary High Water Mark Determination
  • Restoration (Habitat, Streams, & Wetlands)
  • Scientific Writing, Editing, & Research
  • Technical Guidance/Code Development & Updates
  • Third Party Review
  • Wetland & Eelgrass Delineations, Confirmation, Classification, & Rating

Permitting

  • Clean Water Act Sections 401 (Water Quality Certification) & 404 (Wetland/Stream)
  • Coastal Zone Management Consistency Determination
  • Critical Area
  • Reasonable Use, Tree Retention Plan
  • Endangered Species Act (Section 7 Consultation)
  • Environmental Impact Statement
  • Forest Practice Application
  • Hydraulic Project Approval
  • Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Application
  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Nationwide & Individual
  • Shoreline
  • State Environmental Policy Act

Project Specific

Preliminary Review

  • Site Reconnaissance
  • Existing Conditions
  • Pre Application

Development/Design

  • Consultation
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Technical Document (Letter, Report, Plan, & Addendum)
  • Permit Applications

Implementation

  • Permit Acquisition
  • Pre Construction
  • Construction Oversight

Completion/Compliance

  • As Built
  • Monitoring
  • Close Out

Click on the images to learn more about our projects

Preliminary through Completion/Compliance for Wetland Permitting
Preliminary Floral & Faunal Surveys for Hydroelectric Permitting
Preliminary through Completion/Compliance for Wetland Permitting
Mitigation Planning for Wetland Permitting
Mitigation Planning for Shoreline Permitting
Mitigation Planning for Wetland Permitting
Preliminary Existing Conditions Valuation Study for Town Relocation

Jim Wiggins, MS, PWS Emeritus

Founder

Karla Gallina, BS, PWS, CERP

President & Senior Biologist

Olin Anderson, MLA

Biologist

Nathan Goldschmidt, BS, WPIT

Biologist

Kelly Werdick, BS

Associate Biologist

Frances Jose, BA

Executive Assistant