Natural and Cultural Resource Management/Planning

Natural and Cultural Resources Management: Our expertise in Natural and Cultural Resource Management has aided our state and Federal customers to mitigate potential impacts to these resources and develop proactive plans that ensure mission continuity at active state and Federal facilities.

ERT also supports habitat restoration and protection through several NOAA contracts, including nationwide support to the Office of Habitat Conservation. In addition to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup, this work includes:

  • Biological surveys
  • Archaeological surveys (native American, revolutionary war, and civil war)
  • Wetlands protection and construction
  • Barrier island protection and construction
  • Dam removal
  • Quantitative analysis of habitat protection results on fishery populations

Environmental Planning: ERT provides NEPA and environmental site assessment support to our customers ranging from Phase I site assessments for small property transfers to region-wide environmental impact statements which have major environmental and economic impacts.

Case Studies

Office of Sustainable Fisheries (OSF), NOAA: Since 2007, ERT has performed natural resource management including fishery stock assessment of more than 60 species of fish in national coastal waters through multiple contracts. ERT develops regional guidelines and regulations regarding annual catch limits and accountability measures, bycatch reduction, fish stock status, fishery disaster assistance, and catch shares. This is performed though collection of fishery status and catch data for each region, which is managed through GIS and regional databases. Data is gathered and analyzed annually, with new regional guidelines published to prevent overfishing of sensitive species.

Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), NOAA: ERT developed and maintains the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary cultural resources management plan which provides direction for future development and use of the area, outlines coordination and communication of resource management, identifies the historic and operational history of the area, and includes surveys of cultural resources and procedures used to perform future surveys. We also supported EIS to expand this sanctuary, evaluating economic impacts to fisheries, Great Lakes cargo transport, and tourism. The sanctuary is located in northwestern Lake Huron, in one of the most treacherous stretches of water within the Great Lakes system. Unpredictable weather, murky fog banks, sudden gales, and rocky shoals earned the area the name “Shipwreck Alley.” Today, the 448-square-mile Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects one of America’s best-preserved and nationally-significant collections of shipwrecks.

General Services Administration (GSA), Washington, DC: ERT performed archaeological surveys in support of GSA at the Saint Elizabeth Campus in Washington, DC, a former hospital and Civil War historical site, during facility-wide restoration and development activities. Work included surveys of a cemetery where both Confederate and Union soldiers were buried; however, only approximately 30 percent of the gravestones remained. Through historical research and geophysical mapping, ERT determined the actual size of the cemetery and identified nearly 100 unmarked graves.