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Water & Environment

SRF’s talented water resource engineers and environmental planners work with our clients to protect our precious natural resources while supporting the continued growth or our communities.

SRF’s water resources engineering staff is committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing water quality to the greatest extent practical. This may be accomplished by properly designing a stream crossing that prevents erosion or incorporating stormwater management planning for a site that includes a variety of practices to minimize runoff.

Our hydraulic engineers, hydrologists, environmental scientists, and environmental planners provide innovative and practical water resource management strategies. We choose strategies based on the applicability of techniques for providing for stormwater runoff from different land uses and our knowledge of construction and maintenance practices. SRF’s approach to stormwater management considers the receiving water body, effectiveness, constructability, applicability to the specific area, and maintenance. These elements are balanced with regulatory requirements applicable to define an overall approach to managing runoff.

Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling

SRF uses a number of FEMA approved software to perform hydrologic and hydraulic modeling for floodplain studies. Our staff has expertise in XP-SWMM, HEC-WMS, and HEC-RAS, which are regularly used for floodplain studies. Scour studies and streambank stabilization/restoration is regularly part of the analysis as well as analysis to reduce risk and construct contingency plans during construction.

Stormwater Management

Our engineers, hydrologists, environmental scientists, and landscape architects provide innovative and practical water resource management strategies, which provide for stormwater runoff from different land uses and implementation of best practices for construction and maintenance. Our approach to stormwater management considers the receiving water body, effectiveness, constructability, applicability to the specific area, and maintenance when assembling a plan. These elements are balanced with regulatory requirements and public input to define an overall approach to managing runoff.

Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure is being readily embraced by communities as an innovative stormwater management approach. Green infrastructure utilizes natural landscape features and processes to treat stormwater, mimicking natural hydrologic processes and reusing runoff. 

Environmental Planning

Minimizing environmental impacts is a goal of every project but all projects face unique obstacles. That’s where we fit in. At times, environmental documentation can seem like a confusing web of red tape. We make it simple. We’ve mastered the complex coordination required by multi-agency review and are known for inclusive public involvement and skillful consensus building. Our strong relationships with agencies at the local, state, and federal level enable us to develop effective environmental documentation, resulting in positive solutions and successful projects.

Wetland Delineations

SRF has extensive experience completing wetland delineations using the USACE Delineation Manual throughout the Midwest. Our wetland specialists work with agency representatives on a regular basis to obtain wetland and water resource-related permits and approvals. We often coordinate with the Water Resources Group on permit applications that address water quality issues in addition to wetland impacts, such as those required by watershed districts and watershed management organizations.

Protected Species & Vegetation Surveys

SRF has completed Blanding’s Turtle Avoidance Plans and participated in Rusty Patched Bumblebee surveys. We also have experience working with agency representatives and other consultants to complete the coordination and surveys necessary to obtain project approvals. SRF has extensive experience completing vegetation surveys that range from determining the types and sizes of trees present on a project site to determining the presence of plants that may have cultural importance.

Meet the Water & Environment Practice Leaders