King County Water and Land Management Resources Division On-Call Services

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Since 2007, ESA has provided cultural resources expertise for more than 30 separate task orders for the King County Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD). This agency contracts environmental compliance services on an as-needed basis to protect and restore habitats, ecological functions, and aquatic conditions.

Most of the projects have been located along river channels and involve levee setbacks and modifications, restoration of fish and riparian habitat, or reconnection of floodplains. Because of construction impacts to river channels and wetlands, about half of these projects have required permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and are subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Many of the projects are funded with state grants and are also subject to Washington State Executive Order 05-05 governing archaeological and cultural resources and the Washington State Environmental Policy Act.

Our team of specialists conducted background research, completed pedestrian and subsurface surveys, and prepared technical memoranda of understanding. In certain instances we provided construction monitoring, historic property and archaeological site recordation, and formulation of management plans.

ESA's team of cultural resource experts and solution-oriented approach to environmental compliance is continually at the ready for King County’s WLRD.

Specialized Services

  • Construction observation and support
  • County and city regulations and mandates
  • Cultural resources avoidance plans
  • Cultural resources management plans
  • Environmental compliance documentation
  • Fisheries habitat enhancement
  • Geological and soils investigations
  • Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) documentation
  • Historical American Building Survey (HABS) documentation
  • Historical investigations, documentation, and plans
  • Inventories and reporting
  • Large woody debris and in stream structures
  • Monitoring
  • National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
  • Native American, ethnographic, and archaeological studies
  • Permitting assistance
  • Public access, trail analysis and design
  • Section 106 compliance and documentation
  • US Army Corps of Engineers