Florida’s ecology is delicate and irreplaceable, which makes it a critical element in many engineering projects. The services that our environmental team offers is ecological assessments, threatened and endangered species surveys habitat restoration, preparation of permit applications, mitigation design, digital image mapping and wetland determinations. Through careful planning, a balance between nature and man can be achieved, preserving the environment for future generations.
Midfield Terminal Expansion – Project Millennium
Our environmental team was responsible for providing the environmental services required at the project site and the 7,000-acre offsite mitigation area. The mitigation park was the recipient of the Environmental Achievement Award in 2004 presented by the Airport Council North America and the Florida Airports Council Environmental Award for 2008. The extensive habitat mapping, species surveys, water level data and habitat evaluations formed the input for the overall mitigation park management plan. Our team collected and analyzed all of the relevant data to prepare the mitigation park plan that consists of 500-acres of wetland creation, monitoring, controlled burns and maintenance. Southwest Florida International Airport’s Project Millennium is the largest capital improvement project in the history of Southwest Florida.
Florida Gulf Coast University
We provide ecological monitoring, environmental planning and environmental permitting services at FGCU. This includes implementation of an intensive mitigation plan that includes wetland creation, wetland restoration, and upland and wetland enhancement. Our team regularly conducts wildlife surveying for the eastern indigo snake, and has developed and implemented a bird flight path monitoring protocol.
Lee County Port Authority
As the Lee County Port Authority’s general environmental and planning consultant, we service both the Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field General Aviation Airport. We are responsible for all mitigation monitoring, compliance and land management oversight for 7,400 acres of onsite and offsite conservation lands, water quality monitoring, NPDES monitoring, listed species surveys, and preparation of a Wildlife Hazard Assessment. Johnson Engineering also provides planning and environmental services for master plan updates and comprehensive plan amendments.
Post-Restoration Monitoring – Kissimmee River Restoration Project
The South Florida Water Management District is working to restore a portion of the historic flood plain of the Kissimmee River corridor. By doing this, areas that are now appropriate habitat for the crested caracara may become flooded. The SFWMD selected our environmental team to conduct post-restoration monitoring of the caracara population within the Kissimmee River corridor to study how they adapt to large habitat changes across this significant part of the population’s range. Post-restoration monitoring focused on providing additional data on the use of the Kissimmee River corridor by both breeding and non-breeding crested caracaras.
Treviso Bay Mitigation Monitoring
We provided services for the environmental permitting and mitigation monitoring required for Treviso Bay, a 1,000 acre mixed-use community in Naples, Florida. Mitigation was required for wetland impacts, and impacts to gopher tortoise and panther habitat. A combination of onsite and offsite mitigation was utilized on this project. Offsite mitigation includes 110 acres within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection owned Rookery Bay, purchase of mitigation credits from two mitigation banks, and 300 acres for panther mitigation in Hendry County, Florida. The mitigation program includes prescribed burning, water level monitoring, chloride monitoring, wildlife utilization and vegetation. The project required approvals from Collier County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Shadow Wood Preserve Mitigation Monitoring
We performed wetland mitigation monitoring as required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permit (USACE) and SFWMD environmental resource permit for the 422-acre development of Shadow Wood Preserve. The mitigation plan consists of a combination of onsite and offsite mitigation. Onsite mitigation includes 85 acres of wetland preservation, 13 acres of upland preservation, 30 acres of wetland enhancement and two acres of wetlands restoration and creation, as well as one acre of littoral shelves created around the perimeter of the western most storm water management lakes and planted with native wetland vegetation. Offsite mitigation was conducted on state lands and included wetland enhancement and restoration, and wetland creation totaling 60 acres.