About

Gonzales Environmental Consulting LLC. We are your professional, full service environmental consulting firm, proudly offering over 30 years of experience in environmental projects.

GEC has extensive experience in:

Biological Surveys

  • Biological Surveys are conducted using the following guidelines
      • Assessment of the proposed project and property
        • Size
        • Topographic characteristics
        • water resources
        • soil types
        • weather conditions
        • land use on property and vicinity
    • Mapping of the project site
    • Assessment of the project botanical and zoological resources
    • Existing plant associations including
      • disturbed areas
      • list of dominant species of each vegetative association
    • Biological resources mapping
    • Habitat type delineation in acreage and mapping
    • Observation and listing of all plants and animal species of concern
    • Determination of the plant association or habitat in which the specie of concern was found
    • Indication of suitable soil and habitat for species that were not found on the site
    • Listing of all¬†vertebrate species observed or detected on the project site.
    • Indicate estimates of population sizes of individual species detected or observed during field study
    • Determine breeding activity on the project site including home range data based on the most recent data available
    • Mapping the occurrence of each species related to the vegetation associations or wildlife habitat types on or in the immediate vicinity of the property/site
    • Determination of occurrences of the relative amounts of each wildlife habitat type in acres and mapped on the biological resources map
    • Determination and listing of all invertebrates; especially, special situations such as rare, threatened or endangered species, unusual species concentrations, or where there is a unique or symbolic relationship between invertebrate and vertebrate, plant species or special habitats such as vernal pools.
    • If rare or unusual occurrences are determined, the identification will be verified by photography or specific description and mapped
    • All direct and indirect project impacts will be identified. An evaluation of the perceived cumulative biological impacts associated with the project will be made

National Environmental Policy Act(NEPA) documents

  • Categorical Exclusion (CE)
  • Environmental Assessment (EA)
  • Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
  • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents

  • Statutory Exemption (SE)
  • Categorical Exemption (CE)
  • Initial Study (IS)
  • Negative Declaration (ND)
  • Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

Permit Processing

  • GEC provides processing services for a wide range of land development, transportation and public works projects from initial investigation through final permit processing and approval. With over 30 years’ experience we have established professional working relationships with local, state and federal agencies as well as water districts.
  • GEC utilizes a productive work approach to obtain agency permits in a timely and efficient manner. We act as liaisons between government agencies, project engineers, clients, and sub-consultants; then, prepare and package completed submittals in accordance with agency criteria.
  • GEC takes responsibility for tracking the status of plan check submittals, assisting the design team in properly addressing agency comments, completing applications and calculating fees. This allows for a seamless and timely submittal process to obtain necessary approvals
  • GEC works closely with our clients to satisfy conditions during specific phases of the project; additionally, we monitor tentative mapping and permit expiration and process time extensions as necessary.
  • GEC senior staff has extensive experience in acquisition and fulfillment of¬†federal and state permits and requirements. Including but not limited to:
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers individual and nationwide permits
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife service endangered species act section 7 and 10A processes
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wetland criteria
      • Clean Water Act
      • NPDES
        • Storm water
        • MPO
      • Dewatering
      • TMDLs
    • U.S. Forest Service Access permits
    • U.S. Coast Guard permitting
    • California Department of Fish and Game
      • Streambed Alteration Agreements (1601 & 1603)
      • Endangered Species permitting (2080.1 & 2081)
    • California Regional Water Quality control board
      • Quality Certification (401)
      • Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR)
    • Flood Control permits

Wetland Delineations

  • Federal Wetland Delineation trained and certified via Wetland Training Institute (WTI)
  • Determination of wetlands meeting federal section 404 or section 10 requirements
  • Determination of any bed, bank or channel meeting state requirements
  • Qualification and identification of both federal and state jurisdictional areas
  • Plant, soil and hydrology determinations shall be made using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual. Specific habitats within wetland areas will be identified, mapped and quantified

Endangered, Threatened and Sensitive Species

  • Determination of any species occurring on or using areas directly or indirectly affected by the project which are recognized by a government agency or conservation or specific group is being potentially depleted, declining, rare, depleted, locally endemic, endangered, threatened and/or any species nominated for or on a state or federal rare, endangered or threatened species list.
  • Plant species shall be based on the California Native Plant Society list
  • Number of individuals observed on site and immediately off site shall be determined and mapped
  • Estimation of the total population on site and immediately off site shall be made
  • Site suitability shall be analyzed and discussed in the document
  • If a species was not found on the site, the reasons for their absence shall be discussed, particularly if the survey was done when the organism would not be evident or identifiable
  • Discussion of the growth, food and range requirements of the species, including required soil types, exposure, elevation, availability of water, season, etc.

Mitigation

    • Appropriate mitigation shall be recommended based on the project impacts
      • Proposed mitigation shall be based on CEQA Section 15370. All feasible mitigation measures shall be tabulated and explained based on how the measures will be successful. Federal wetland mitigation guidelines will be followed for federal jurisdiction areas.

GEC is a woman owned company.

We are constantly expanding, adding new resources and employees. Please see the employment section for current openings.