A Kane County Certified Wetland Delineator is a professional with specific expertise in wetland identification, delineation, and management within Kane County, Illinois. They play a critical role in the review and approval process for development projects, ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal wetland regulations.
To become a Kane County Certified Wetland Delineator, individuals typically need to have:
- A strong educational background in environmental science, ecology, or a related field.
- Relevant work experience in wetland delineation and permitting, ideally within Kane County or a similar region.
- A thorough understanding of wetland regulations and guidelines at the local, state, and federal levels, such as the Clean Water Act, Illinois Compiled Statutes, and Kane County Stormwater Management Ordinance.
- Certifications and training related to wetland delineation and regulatory compliance, such as the Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) certification or the Wetland Delineation Certificate from a recognized institution.
Qualified Wetland Review Specialists are responsible for assessing the presence and extent of wetlands on a given property, reviewing and approving wetland delineation reports, and ensuring that proposed development activities adhere to wetland protection regulations. They may work for local government agencies, private consulting firms, or non-profit organizations.
Meet A3 Environmental Consultants Kane County Certified Wetland Delineator; Rebecca Olson
Rebecca Olson, a Kane County Certified Wetland Delineator and Principal Ecologist at A3 Environmental, LLC/Olson Ecological Services (A3E/OES), offers specialized consulting services in wetland and water quality in the Upper Midwest Region. Focused on preserving and restoring native remnants and natural areas, the A3E/OES team designs and implements wetland and natural stormwater filters in various settings such as river corridors, drainage systems, parks, and neighborhoods.
Key areas of expertise include wetland and stream restoration, mitigation, and permitting, stormwater infiltration and filtration planning and design, bioremediation of lakes and ponds, vegetative survey protocol design, wetland delineation, permitting and T&E habitat surveys, watershed-based planning and inventories, park and subdivision conservation design, land preservation, and grant writing and administration.
With extensive experience in designing wetland and stream restoration plans, Rebecca collaborates with engineers to develop best management practices (BMPs) to improve stormwater quality. Her work also includes planning and installing BioHaven floating treatment wetlands on ponds and lakes to enhance water quality and designing plans and protocols for monitoring site conditions and restoration efforts through vegetation surveys.
As a Qualified Wetland Review Specialist, Rebecca has played a significant role in protecting over 2,360 acres in northern Illinois through real estate transactions and conservation easements. Her expertise in grant writing and administration has helped secure funding for land conservation, restoration, and planning projects from federal, state, and private sources.
In summary, Rebecca Olson’s expertise as a Qualified Wetland Review Specialist contributes to the preservation and restoration of the environment in the Chicago Region. Through her work with A3E/OES, focusing on wetland conservation, stormwater management, and land preservation, Rebecca and her team make a positive impact on the ecological health of the area.