In this project we had to file for Federal, State, and local permitting. The location was the town of Mansfield. The goal was to expand the hangar area in order to increase business prospects. A private company in the Mansfield Airport was seeing an increase in number of flights per day and needed to increase their hangar space to better protect the investments of owning an airplane. This way, their clients that owned planes would feel more confident in storing them on site.
Before any real permitting could begin, however, a request for Jurisdictional Determination (JD) would be submitted. This JD request was for a small Isolated Vegetated Wetland (IVW) area on-site located outside of Bordering Vegetated Wetland (BVW) boundaries. It was our opinion that the 12,506 square foot wet area was non-jurisdictional under the Federal Clean Waters Act (CWA) based on its function, soils, and proximity to navigable waters. A site walk was performed with the Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) in the spring of 2011. They issued a letter finding the soils to qualify as a Coastal Prairie Redox, thus meeting Federal hydric criteria. We, along with Connorstone Engineering, spent the summer of 2011 monitoring the conditions in the wet area and submitted additional data with a finding of only 793 square foot area qualifying as Coastal Prairie Redox.