Jim Lewis

Wetland Delineation

Jim Lewis is the current president of Lewis Wildlife and Wetland Consulting, Inc. in White Rock, South Carolina, consulting in wildlife management, stream and wetland mitigation banking, and other environmental applications under regulatory authority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Jim also provides wetland delineation services and jurisdictional determinations and coordinates permitting under the Clean Water Act and 401 Water Quality Certification under the authority of S C Department of Health and Environmental Control. He is a member of The Wildlife Society and is a Certified Wildlife Biologist.

Jim is the former state wildlife biologist in South Carolina, for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Jim began his career with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in Georgia and Alabama, prior to coming to South Carolina in 1979. He served as state wildlife biologist until 2005.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Georgia, School of Forest Resources with a major in Fish and Wildlife Management. Following retirement, Jim accepted a position with the Mungo Company as Environmental Operations Manager. With the Mungo Company, Jim coordinated federally jurisdictional wetland reviews, determinations and permitting. He also implemented wetland and stream mitigation for development projects, as well as mitigation opportunities for the commercial sale of credits.

Jim's experience includes serving as a trainer for federal wetland delineation for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture personnel. He was also responsible for developing wetland restoration plans for mitigation permitting and worked with landowners in designing plans for the USDA Wetland Reserve Program. He was instrumental in initiating the first regional trout stream restoration effort in South Carolina, through USDA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Jim led a discussion on "Developing Environmentally Friendly Housing Communities" at the SC Soil & Water Conservation Society Symposium, Balancing Growth with Environmental Integrity in Urban Development. He also made a presentation on; Mitigation, Monitoring and Contingency Plans for Wetland Development at the Administration and Enforcement of the Wetlands in South Carolina conference, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice for the District of South Carolina and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Experience

  • Certified Wildlife Biologist, since 1979
  • Retired federal government
30+ years field experience in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina in:
  • developing wildlife habitat management plans
  • wildlife habitat evaluations
  • wetland & waterfowl management
  • wetland delineation
  • wetland restoration plans
  • mitigation planning
  • stream restoration
  • trout stream restoration
  • fishpond management
  • Clean Water Act permitting
  • USDA – Wetland Conservation consultation