Paul Looney, CEP, CSE, SPWS
Senior Environmental Scientist
Paul Looney has 41 years of professional experience, 31 years as an ecologist. His environmental project experience includes: wetland delineations, wetland permitting, and wetland creation and restoration; investigations of threatened and endangered wildlife and vegetation species; coastal ecosystem restoration; coastal zone management investigations; Section 7 consultations and biological assessments (USFWS and NMFS); essential fish habitat assessments; NEPA documentation including Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Environmental Assessments (EA), Categorical Exclusions, and all supporting documentation.
Paul has thorough knowledge of state and federal coastal zone and wetland management regulations and a specific knowledge of federal regulations and acts, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Coastal Barrier Resources Act, Coastal Barrier Improvement Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, Rivers and Harbors Act, Clean Water Act, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, and the Oil Pollution Act.
His areas of natural resource expertise include marine biology, fisheries ecology, coastal processes, seagrass ecology, botany, plant ecology, ecosystem management, wetland ecology, coastal, marine, and freshwater wetland restoration, mitigation banking, wetland restoration planning, aquatic weed control, and remote sensing, including aerial and satellite imagery interpretation. He has experience in issues related to water quality, air quality, and hazardous waste.
He has completed wetland delineations and evaluations in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. His permitting experience includes Section 404 (USACE) and Florida ERP (FDEP, SWFWMD, SJRWMD, SRWMD and NWFWMD). He has completed assessments using several standardized systems (WRAP, UMAM, HGM, WAP) and developed project specific evaluation techniques where required.
His expertise is environmental regulatory compliance includes Water Quality investigations for Waste Water Treatment Plant permit compliance in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi (WQBEL, DIZ, and Mixing Zone investigations). He has completed NEPA projects for the Navy, Marines (NAVFAC SE, ATL, and Europe) and Air Force (ACC and AFCEE) in the United States and Europe. He has worked on hazardous waste projects for the USEPA (Region 4 and 6). Paul has also participated in projects under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Sacramento, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Savannah, Norfolk, Vicksburg, New Orleans, and Mobile Districts. He has also completed formal and informal coordination with the USCG for bridge permitting.
He has experience in large scale natural gas transmission location investigations including wetland, species, and ecological impacts throughout the southeastern United States. He is a certified Scuba diver who has performed underwater natural resource damage assessments for the NPS.