Great Ecology is an ecological consulting firm focused on the restoration, planning, and design of both natural and urban environments through sustainable solutions. We integrate science with design to solve complex ecological challenges to achieve environmental, social, and business goals.
Great Ecology is evaluating and enhancing ecological and community use value by identifying and designing restoration opportunities for degraded, former industrial properties located in California’s Central Coast. The evaluation includes developing financial pro formas and analyzing the mitigation credit marketplace. At one site, we are assisting the team in identifying restoration project goals, demonstrating a comprehensive site vision, and modeling the ecological functionality of the restoration plan. We are involved in multiple project evaluations to date, ranging in size and scope from 300 to 3,200 acres
Great Ecology performed an initial mitigation credit marketplace analysis to support informed investment decisions regarding the viability of establishing a mitigation bank in the San Diego region. Staff identified existing mitigation banks, credit availability, and credit costs to evaluate the current market supply. Planned infrastructure and development projects as well as growth projections for the region informed potential mitigation bank sites and future market analysis. In addition, Great Ecology identified the priority habitat types for conservation, including aquatic resources such as marine eelgrass, vernal pools, tidal wetlands, upland streams, and riparian areas to inform potential mitigation areas. Great Ecology detailed guidelines next steps for further due diligence and marketplace analysis. Currently, Great Ecology is involved in an ongoing coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other regulatory agencies to identify mitigation opportunities in the Coastal Southern California Region.
Great Ecology is evaluating the opportunity to establish a mitigation bank on a 40-acre site in San Diego. We are assessing the site’s natural resources, developing conceptual restoration plans, and evaluating the financial feasibility including a marketplace analysis and financial pro forma. In addition, Great Ecology will coordinate with city, state, and federal agencies including the Regional Board, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the California U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Great Ecology played two roles on this project. As the ecological consultants we conducted ecological risk assessment for GATX and of a 440-acre site contaminated by heavy metals in Northwestern Staten Island. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation required a Screening Level Ecological Risk Assessment (SLERA) to meet regulatory guidelines. The SLERA also helped us develop soil remediation levels for lead associated with petroleum aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the freshwater wetlands. Great Ecology applied our extensive knowledge of the local habitat with ecological modeling to negotiate reduced cleanup levels.
As the mitigation consultants, we conducted a comprehensive evaluation of transforming the site into a wetland mitigation bank for a private client. The mitigation analysis involved developing a financial model, pro forma, and site development plans