Ecosystem Science and Engineering Solutions
Establishing balance between the built and natural environments is a demanding endeavor. At the center of Geosyntec’s Water and Natural Resources practice is a collaborative group of nationally recognized scientists and engineers dedicated to achieving this balance. Their practice specialties represent a diverse array of disciplines, including geomorphology, ecology, biology, statistics, civil and environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, construction management, and computer science. Our practitioners are at the forefront of policy analyses, regulatory compliance, and technology applications that promote sustainable water resources management and ecosystem restoration.
Geosyntec has built its Water and Natural Resources practice to address our clients’ most challenging regulatory, sustainability, and restoration issues. Our clients include a variety of project proponents and resource agencies including utilities, developers, municipalities, and state and local agencies. We also consult with federal agency officials, including those at the U.S. EPA, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. We frequently provide our services for public interest foundations and a wide range of community stakeholders.
Regulatory Understanding: Our team of practitioners understands the regulatory complexities and challenges of providing sustainable development and restoration solutions for environments throughout the United States. We are experienced in a wide array of local, state, and federal regulatory frameworks, including the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act Sections 316(b), 401, 402, and 404.
Resource Protection: Geosyntec has been instrumental in developing new and innovative methods that predict stormwater quality and physical stream stability impacts in response to land use alteration. These technical approaches enable our practitioners to plan, design, and oversee the construction of effective stormwater best management practices to protect downstream aquatic resources while also complying with regulatory requirements. Our field monitoring capabilities also allow us to assess the performance and effectiveness of implemented measures such that our client’s systems can be adaptively managed based on lessons learned.
Resource Rehabilitation: In many cases, both in urban and rural locations, geomorphic, water quality, and ecologic impacts have already occurred to various types of aquatic resources, from streams and rivers, to lakes, wetlands, estuaries, and tidal marsh systems. Here the collaborative efforts of our scientists and engineers regularly provide comprehensive assessments and evaluations of the degree of impairment and provide practicable restoration or rehabilitation solutions designed to be sustainable and adaptive within the current or anticipated watershed and regulatory setting.
Advancing the State of the Practice
Geosyntec uses state-of-the-practice tools such as remote sensing, innovative water quality models, sampling designs based on statistical analyses, hydromodification assessments, hydrodynamic models, and endangered species investigations to assess water quality impacts and develop appropriate solutions.
Our practitioners are industry leaders in the application of continuous hydrologic simulations coupled with hydrodynamic models to evaluate long-term hydraulic, sediment transport, and ecological characteristics of aquatic resources of interest. This capability is an advance beyond traditional approaches based solely on design-event analysis, in that it provides a greater degree of accuracy when designing aquatic habitats for species with varying hydraulic threshold requirements. Hydrodynamic modeling also provides greater assurance that a particular design solution (e.g., design of structures, sediment transport, flood plain characteristics, bank stability) produces a stable and functional system.
In addition, Geosyntec is taking the state of the water resources practice to new heights with its multi-purpose control platform, OptiRTC. OptiRTC acquires real-time data from the field, provides web-based dashboards for data visualization, and uses the data collected to make intelligent system control decisions in real time. OptiRTC allows users to incorporate multiple data streams – including those from in situ sensors, mobile field-form apps, web-accessible data from storm forecasts, and uploaded historical data from existing site databases. OptiRTC offers customizable dashboards for viewing and downloading data, manipulating system controls, and establishing system alerts. It streamlines the collection, processing, and reporting of site data to save time and limit project costs. Multiple pilot projects are under way at sites throughout the United States that demonstrate how OptiRTC can improve the performance of green infrastructure, reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs), advance rainwater harvesting, and efficiently reduce stream erosion impacts.