Our experienced geologists evaluate the potential for a property to be impacted by a Geological Fault. Numerous active faults intersect the ground surface within the Gulf Coast region of Texas and Louisiana. Evidence of this kind of faulting sometimes includes a topographic fault scarp and offset in paved roads or buried pipelines, or structural damage to existing buildings. Placement of buildings, infrastructure, and other items such as Water Wells can be impacted by Faults. The U.S. Geological Survey has traced and mapped more than 300 separate faults in the Houston area. In addition to these resources, DCH has in-house resources from past fault investigations giving us further insight into the potential for mapped and unmapped faults to impact the site under review.
Section 404 of the Clean Water Act requires that anyone interested in depositing dredged or fill material into "waters of the United States, including wetlands," must receive authorization for such activities.
DCH wetland specialists evaluate proposed projects to guide the clients through the permitting process. Depending on the amount of wetlands that are proposed to be impacted and based on the scale of the project, DCHwill: meet with the Army Corps of Engineer Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, delineate the wetland area that will be impacted, prepare documents for submission to all necessary agencies, and assist with mitigation measures including identification of mitigation banks.