HDR ARCHITECTURE INC,
Develop functional assessment models for wetland resources present in Texas within the Fort Worth and Tulsa districts; and stream resources present in Texas within the Fort Worth and Tulsa districts. The objective is to prepare two functional assessment models, one for the use with wetlands and the other for use with streams. A functional assessment model is a tool that will allow regulatory agencies to assess the overall ecological health of the wetlands and streams. The information to be input into the model will include physical and biological data, such as plant diversity, flooding patterns and channel stability, in addition to other data. Development of these tools will substantially assist the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Regulated Public with respect to quantifying adverse impacts to waters of the U.S. pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. These tools will also assist in identifying appropriate and adequate mitigation, (identifying the correct types of projects and acreage or linear feet of work required to offset impacts to wetlands and streams).