I-95 / Ellis Road Interchange

E Sciences, as a subconsultant, provided ecological support services to assist with the permitting for the construction of a new interchange on I-95 at Ellis Road in Brevard County, Florida. E Sciences conducted wetland delineations, protected species surveys and is in the process of preparing state and federal environmental permitting for this contract.

Wetland delineations consisting of forested and freshwater marsh systems were conducted within the project limits. These systems are hydrologically connected to the St. Johns River. Wildlife surveys were performed for listed species including the bald eagle, wood stork, Florida scrub-jay, crested caracara and gopher tortoise. Staff coordinated with the wildlife agencies about wildlife crossing structures. Based on the developed condition of the site and no adjacent public lands, wildlife crossings were limited to small drainage structures throughout the project limits.

E Sciences prepared all applications necessary to obtain permits from the St. Johns River Water Management District (Environmental Resource Permit) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Dredge and Fill Permit).

The project lies within two mitigation basins; therefore a mitigation plan was developed to satisfy both federal and state requirements. Mitigation is proposed through monetary payment in accordance with Section 373.4137, F.S. and purchase of credits from an existing mitigation bank.