Recreational, commercial, and residential interests have always exploited our nation’s coastal areas. This ever–growing demand for limited resources has mandated the use of comprehensive planning for proposed construction activities in these areas. Development along coastal boundaries is regulated in various degrees by several federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to the initiation of construction activities in the coastal areas, permits are required from these federal agencies as well as other state and local agencies. Marine Engineering Services at EMC provides planning, perming, and construction documents for these projects.
The process begins with an inventory and analysis of existing conditions, identification of opportunities and constraints, and the development of permitting documents. Following approval of these permitting documents is the development of detailed construction plans and specifications of the proposed facilities. EMC has provided these services for docks, bulkheads, revetments, boat ramps, sediment disposal areas, jetties, dredging, and beach renourishment projects. Clients have included municipalities, countries, state and federal agencies, private developers, architects, and industries. Providing these services are experienced professional engineers, environmental specialists, and engineering technicians. Our staff is very knowledgeable of the rules and regulations for marine projects and has developed a close working relationship with the regulatory agencies. This benefits our clients by minimizing community and regulatory objections that often delay the approval process.