Environmental Consulting

Natural Resource Management, Land Use planning, Permitting, CEQA

SummitWest Provides Expert
Environmental Consulting Services

As a leading environmental consultant serving California, Oregon, and the entire western USA, SummitWest understands the complexities of environmental regulations. Our dedicated team excels in streamlining intricate processes by collaborating with governing agencies and identifying your unique permitting requirements.

We work closely with our clients to develop customized solutions that meet their specific needs, ensuring project compliance and timely delivery. Our commitment to helping clients achieve their sustainability goals is reflected in our comprehensive, cost-effective, and compliant solutions.

At SummitWest, collaboration is at the core of our firm. We strongly believe in working hand-in-hand with our clients to achieve their goals and create a more sustainable future for our communities.

Why Choose SummitWest Environmental?

At SummitWest, we recognize that there are numerous environmental consulting firms to consider. However, when it comes to your project, we stand out by prioritizing our clients and their goals. With a team of just under 100 employees, we offer the personalized attention of a boutique firm while leveraging the expertise and financial resources of a larger organization. This unique combination ensures that you benefit from the best of both worlds.

Our approach is characterized by proactive and positive communication with regulatory agencies. Through fostering strong relationships and maintaining open lines of dialogue, we achieve successful permitting outcomes and maintain seamless project momentum. Furthermore, our extensive project experience, coupled with our focus on building lasting relationships, empowers us to consistently keep our clients and their project goals on track.


When clients approach us for environmental consulting, their primary concerns revolve around determining the need for permits and understanding the necessary steps to obtain them. We understand that this process can be overwhelming, especially in California, a state known for its intricate and occasionally contradictory permitting regulations.

At SummitWest, our multidisciplinary team of experts is well-versed in the complexities unique to California’s diverse environments. We offer a comprehensive range of environmental services, including planning and regulatory solutions. With our knowledge and experience, we guide our clients through the maze of regulations, ensuring compliance and providing efficient solutions. From preparing CEQA documents and securing USFWS 10(A) Recovery Permits to conducting Wetland and Jurisdictional Water Delineations and facilitating CDFW Consultation, Coordination, and Reporting, we have the expertise to navigate the complexities of the permitting landscape.


SummitWest is skilled in the following permit application processes:

  • Federal Clean Water Act and Aquatic Resources
    • Wetland and Jurisdictional Water Delineations
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sec. 404 Dredge and Fill Permits
    • California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Sec. 401 Water Quality Certifications
    • California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Section 1602 Streambed Alteration Agreements
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • Section 1602 Streambed Alteration Agreements
    • Scientific Collecting Permits (SCPs), Sections 650 and 703
    • California Endangered Species Act (CESA) assessments and compliance
    • CDFW Consultation, Coordination, and Reporting
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Federal Endangered Species Act Biological Assessments and Compliance
    • Threatened and Endangered Species Section 10(A) Recovery Permits
    • USFWS Consultation and Coordination
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) / National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
    • Prepare and process CEQA / NEPA documents
    • Environmental Due Diligence Reports
    • Environmental Assessments (EAs)
    • Categorical Exemptions (CATEX)
    • Habitat Mitigation and Monitoring Plans
    • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Wetland Delineations and Waters

Wetland delineations and Waters of the US represent distinct types of permitting, often introducing additional complexities and prolonging the requirements for a project. Due to their highly regulated nature, it is crucial to exercise caution when considering any actions that may impact these resources.

SummitWest boasts a team of skilled wetland delineation experts and jurisdictional waters surveyors who seamlessly collaborate with our CEQA permitting and planning team. With a wealth of combined leadership experience exceeding 65 years in this field, we offer invaluable expertise and knowledge.

By engaging our services, you gain access to a specialized team that understands the intricacies of wetland delineations and jurisdictional waters. We ensure that your project is approached with the utmost care, adherence to regulations, and efficient integration with the overall permitting and planning process. We’ll help you navigate the complexities of wetland delineations and jurisdictional waters, drawing upon our extensive experience and expertise to deliver exceptional results for your project.

Need a wetland delineation report or survey? Contact us today.

Land Use Planning

Land use planning in California is defined as the process of determining how land is to be used within the state. It is a complex process that involves a variety of stakeholders, including local governments, state agencies, and the public.

Land use planning is rarely a single topic or discipline, and requires a team of multidisciplinary experts who can collaborate quickly and effectively.

Natural Resource Management

Natural resource management in California is the process of managing the state’s natural resources in a way that ensures their sustainability for future generations. This includes managing water, forests, minerals, and other resources in a way that protects the environment and meets the needs of the people.

SummitWest specializes in natural resource management services relating to waters, forests, wildlife and botanical species. We do not provide mineral resource management services.