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Water Supply Planning and Development
Wetland Delineation and Section 404 Permitting
Water Rights Environmental Studies
Wells Geologic Hazards Analyses
Water Quality Aquatic Biology and Bioassessments
Clean Water Act Compliance and Implementation Stream and Lake Enhancements
Groundwater Investigations CAD/GIS Graphics
Water Supply Planning and Development Photos & Related Information
    Bikis Water Consultants (BWC) conducts groundwater and surface water evaluations to aid in existing and future development projects. We assist the private and public sectors in developing a physical and legal water supply to realize potable and non-potable water demands.
Water Rights
    BWC prepares water rights evaluations for existing and future development projects. Evaluations are performed during due diligence or as a means to put decreed water to beneficial use. Our staff works extensively with water attorneys during the water rights application and adjudication processes. Water rights evaluations are a critical part of developing augmentation plans, supporting water supply planning and development projects, and performing municipal and agricultural water rights analyses.

Wells often are essential to water supply planning and development. Wells may be needed in areas not serviced by a municipal supply or are a component to municipalities experiencing increasing demands. BWC provides assistance to private and public sectors from planning and development of wells. BWC also performs water supply adequacy analyses to determine the long-term yield of an aquifer to meet the regulations for County or City submittals. Tasks include:

Water resource evaluations  
Well permitting with the Office of the State Engineer  
Well design  
Drilling coordination with licensed drillers  
On-site assistance during drilling, pumping and recovery test coordination  
Analyses with licensed pump installers  
Supply versus demand analyses  
Water quality evaluations  
Water Quality
    BWC assists clients in evaluating water quality, primarily in drinking water and agricultural water systems. Our staff works closely with EPA certified water quality testing laboratories to identify existing water conditions, ensure compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and State water quality regulations, and when necessary, develops recommendations for improvements in water quality. BWC staff also has experience designing and implementing surface water quality studies to help determine the condition and health of streams, rivers and lakes.
Clean Water Act Compliance and Implementation Photos & Related Information
    BWC has had a lot of experience with Clean Water Act projects, including Section 106 projects (water pollution control programs) and Section 319(b) projects (non-point source management programs). BWC develops surface water and groundwater quality monitoring programs, non-point source pollution assessments and management plans, and Quality Assurance Project Plans. Our staff currently works closely with three southern California tribes, assisting with grant writing and funding proposals, CWA 106 and 319(b) project implementation, and participation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for CWA project development and oversight.
Groundwater Investigations
    BWC is highly qualified to perform hydrogeologic analyses to determine the available water supply for a given study area. It is something we do best. BWC evaluates the recharge area and extent of aquifers using a comprehensive understanding of geologic information, geophysical data, existing well data, and pump test analyses. The understanding of these parameters helps determine an aquifer’s available water supply. We have performed these investigations for a proposed development in an arid New Mexico community, as well as for multiple water conservation districts in Colorado and for several Native American tribes in California.
Wetland Delineation and Section 404 Permitting Photos & Related Information
    Wetlands are protected under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Authorization from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regulatory program is required in order to discharge dredged or fill material into any Waters of the U.S., including wetlands. Development projects that effect wetlands typically require a wetland delineation, Section 404 permit, and a wetland mitigation plan. BWC’s staff is experienced in wetland regulations per the Army Corp standards and can provide assistance in the Section 404 permitting process, including the new Interim Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual for the Arid West Region. BWC also is experienced in developing wetland mitigation and monitoring plans approved by the USACE. Many counties and cities require setbacks from wetlands or have expanded on the Army Corps wetland definition. BWC is current with existing County and City wetland regulations.
Environmental Studies Photos & Related Information

BWC is well staffed with environmental scientists and biologists who specialize in wetland studies, threatened and endangered species studies, and NEPA compliance (including biological and environmental assessments). BWC is experienced in conducting avian surveys, vegetation surveys, soil and irrigation studies as well as fish and macroinvertebrate studies. Additional specialties include:

Construction observation
Revegetation and monitoring plans
Wetland mitigation planning
Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments
Water measurements, including stream gauging, flume installations, and stream gauge calibration
Irrigation studies, including irrigated wetlands
Geothermal water
Geologic Hazards Analyses Photos & Related Information
    Geologic land-use reports are commonly required in geologically sensitive areas in the southwest. Many counties require that geologic hazards be adequately mapped and mitigated for prior to final development design. BWC reviews existing geologic information of the project area prior to a site visit to assess geologic conditions. BWC identifies geologic hazards and develops mitigation measures to the subject property based on available information and the field investigation. The Colorado Geologic Survey provides an agency review of the geologic hazards analyses prepared by BWC.
Aquatic Biology and Bioassessments Photos & Related Information
    Biological information is being used increasingly in water quality permitting and management decisions. This is because aquatic organisms make excellent indicators of the health of a stream. BWC staff have solid experience and capabilities with completion of bioassessments, habitat evaluations, and other work related to aquatic biology. The findings from this work can assist with discharge permitting, stream classification hearings use attainability studies and related matters. Our services include testimony at state water quality hearings and negotiations with regulators.
Stream and Lake Enhancements Photos & Related Information
    Lakes naturally age and can become filled with weeds and algae. Streams can be affected by sediment and water diversions causing low flows. These situations can often be remedied to return the lake to its original condition, or improve a stream for fishing. BWC provides services for lake restoration and stream improvements. We believe in a comprehensive approach to lake restoration that addresses the underlying causes, and not just the symptoms. Services for lake restoration and studies include preparation of lake management plans, lake enhancement programs, and lake dredging. Services for stream improvements include preparation of habitat improvement plans for fishing and stream enhancement.
CAD/GIS Graphics
    Our CAD/GIS specialists work with professionally licensed surveyors, land planners, engineers and architects to graphically support all water resource projects. GIS data networks at the city, county, state and national levels are utilized extensively to support most projects. Field GIS data is collected by BWC personnel and utilized in conjunction with other data sources to generate site-specific mapping. A geodatabase of information is generated for each project to be drawn upon for future development and planning needs.

Please feel free to contact us at BWC with any questions you might have about water issues in your area.