Natural Resources


Providing services that assess the impacts to living things, their relationship to one another, and their environment.

When a project has the potential to impact living things, there is the potential for damage to plants, animals, and ecosystems.  Federal and state regulations require assessment and permitting for projects that have the potential to impact living things.  


Natural Resources Consulting expertise for developers and property owners

Ecological Assessments

We provide comprehensive natural resource assessments to support proposed developments of commercial, industrial, or large residential properties. Prism's ecological program includes conducting Threatened & Endangered Species Assessments, Natural Resource Regulatory Assessments, Bluff and Sand Dune Assessments, and Shoreline Erosion Assessments. 

Inland Lakes | Ponds | Streams

Prism's ecological scientists provide a comprehensive range of services to support projects associated with inland lakes, ponds, and streams.  Our ecological services include natural shoreline protection, pond site selection and design, vegetation mapping, fisheries management, water quality, and marina and boat mooring assessments. 

Ecological Permitting

Prism is one of the midwest's leading experts for navigating the permit process for natural resources.  Our team of scientists have a long track record of success working with local, state, and federal agencies to identify and obtain the necessary natural resource permits. Our team prepares all of the required permit applications and supporting assessments, inspections, surveys, and reports.


Dredging Permitting & Sampling

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the MDEQ have regulatory authority over dredging permits for waters in Michigan. Regulatory authority depends upon the specific waterway.  Prism works with clients to apply for and obtain dredging and construction permits under Part 301(Inland Lakes & Streams) and Part 325 (Great Lakes) guidance.