Healthy, sustainable water benefits people and the environment. Yet, in many places, we face too little water or too much. Future development depends on the ability to sustainably manage water – to store and distribute clean water and to manage water rights, stormwater, water quality, aquatic habitats, and wetlands.
Our scientists bring an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to water management and conflict resolution.
Our team helps clients navigate water laws at all levels of government, from local and state water rights, conservation requirements, well drilling, and protection of potable water supply to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which regulates the impact of projects on watersheds, water quality, and aquatic habitat at the federal level.
SWCA works closely with clients to provide an array of services and regulatory solutions related to water resources. We can help move your project forward.
• Association of California Water Agencies
• Texas Water Conservation Association (TWCA)
Meet the Experts
- Rivers, Reservoirs, and Streams
- Lakes and Ponds
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Compliance
- Endangered Species Act (ESA)
- Clean Water Act 401 and 404
- Stormwater Management
- Drinking Water
- Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
ASSESSMENT, MANAGEMENT, AND RESTORATION
- Field Investigations
- Planning and Design
- Aquatic and Riparian Ecology
- Stream and Habitat Restoration
- Ecosystem Studies
INTEGRATED WATER PLANNING
- Habitat Management and Conservation Plans
- Multi-species Conservation Plans
- Endangered Species Recovery Plans
- Special Area Management Plans
- Surface Water Modeling
- Water Quality Studies and Modeling
- Master Planning
- Public Involvement and Facilitation
- Geospatial Analysis
- Regional Water Supply
- Expert Witness
- Water Rights
Relevant Case Studies
Water Quality Monitoring
In drought-stricken Central Texas, rain can be elusive. The Edwards Aquifer is the primary source of drinking, municipal, agricultural, recreational, and industrial water for approximately two million people. Since 2014, SWCA has been conducting sampling as part of the EAHCP’s comprehensive water quality monitoring program to ensure that water quality is maintained at a level suitable for the survival of the listed species found in the San Marcos and Comal river systems.
Clean Water Act
In the late 1980s, life under the Clean Water Act was simple. But multiple Supreme Court cases in the last 30 years have muddied the waters, so to speak. Here, we take a look at some of the most recent Clean Water Act definitions and what they could mean for your projects.
Clean Water Act
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans are both authorized under the Clean Water Act to prevent water quality impacts. We asked SWCA’s senior environmental specialists and project managers to explain when SWPPPs and SPCCs are required and how to implement them.
Over time, suitable nesting habitat along waterways has been shrinking as a result of changes in land use and water management, and with it the southwestern willow flycatcher’s populations shrank, too. Read more about how the introduction of leaf beetles had unintended consequences and how SWCA has been working to study the effects and restore the balance.
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