The Natural Resource Services Group provides consulting services for commercial and residential developments, as well as public agencies. The group includes biologists, ecologists, and stream engineers who are skilled in wetland mitigation, biostabilization, wetland delineations, natural resource assessments, wildlife habitat assessments, and Threatened & Endangered species' presence / absence surveys.

Wetland and Waterbody Services

SCI’s Natural Resource Scientists have in-depth knowledge of regulations and permitting processes that can be vital during the planning phases of a project. We work with the Army Corps of Engineers and other state and federal agencies to help our clients permit impacts under the Clean Water Act. Our services include:

  • Wetland delineations
  • Wetland mitigation planning, banking, and monitoring
  • 401, 402, and 404 Clean Water Act permit applications
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) monitoring and reporting
  • Water quality sampling and testing
  • Stream banking and mitigation
  • Stormwater pollution prevention plans
  • Biostabilization analysis and design
  • Natural resource delineation and mapping
  • Erosion control monitoring
  • Analysis of soil morphology

Threatened and Endangered Species Services

The Natural Resource Services Group at SCI Engineering provides threatened and endangered (T&E) species services for private and public development or construction projects. When a T&E species or its habitat may be impacted by a project, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) often requires consultation under the Endangered Species Act. Habitat assessment and presence/absence surveys for T&E species are the first steps in the consultation process.

Our group is made up of permitted wildlife and plant biologists with years of experience conducting T&E species surveys in their fields of expertise. The staff have excellent working relationships with both federal and state agencies throughout the United States.

American Burying Beetle Surveys

Our staff scientists have United States Fish & Wildlife Recovery Permits required to conduct American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus), or ABB, Habitat Assessments and Presence / Absence Surveys.

We are certified to conduct surveys throughout the central plains region including:

  • South Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Kansas

  • Nebraska
  • Texas
  • Arkansas

Other T & E Surveys

Our team can conduct surveys on a diverse array of T&E species. Our biologists have experience and knowledge conducting a multitude of plant, mussel, bird, and insect surveys.

Examples Include:

  • Decurrent False Aster
  • Running Buffalo Clover

  • Spectacle-case Mussel
  • Snuffbox Mussel

  • Southwest Willow Flycatcher


SCI’s Natural Resource Scientists have in-depth knowledge of regulations and permitting processes that is vital during emergency situations.

As timing is always critical for emergent response, our relationships with regulatory agencies, combined with the understanding of what is required, expedites the process for a quick, but thorough, submittal that will lead to faster approvals.

  • Petroleum, Natural Gas, Sewer and Stormwater Pipelines/Conveyances
  • CWA Regulatory Approval and Coordination
  • Corrective Action Recommendations
  • Emergency Work Permit Acquisition Assistance
  • Third Party Oversight and Project Management
  • Streambank Stabilization
  • Natural Resource Restoration and/or Mitigation Recommendations
  • Erosion Control and Bio-remediation Vegetation Recommendations

For more information about
Natural Resource Services, please contact:

Mike Hartoin

Vice President, Natural Resource Services