A Reputable Biological and Environmental Consulting Firm

Established in 1993, Goldasich Environmental is a biological and environmental consulting firm that evaluates, quantifies, designs, permits, and constructs natural systems in Florida's upland freshwater and marine environment. Our owner, John James Goldasich, has more than 40 years of experience in environmental and ecological project management and permitting.

Previous Environmental Projects

Our firm has provided services and has been involved in the following projects:

Town of Davie Sunny Lake Biological Report

We conducted a field evaluation and provided a biological assessment of the Town of Davie’s park site, its adjacent lake, and its shoreline areas. Additional field determinations for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)’s wetland jurisdictional limits Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting were also provided.

Town of Southwest Ranches Fishing Hole Park

Together with Broward County (BC) Department of Growth Management and Environmental Protection and USACE, we conducted a site assessment and wetland delineation in the area. We also did field evaluations and assistance in the preparation of grant applications for park development and environmental enhancement.

Standard Pacific Homes

We provided natural system delineation, quality analysis, permitting, mitigation design and inspection, supervision, and construction services. Our team also did surveys of listed species and habitat suitability for site-use documentation.

Rybovich Marine Renovations

Similar to Standard Pacific Homes, we provided natural system delineation, quality analysis, permitting, mitigation design and inspection, supervision, and construction services. We also did surveys and documentation of listed species according to the Endangered Species Act and amended rules.

Additionally, SCUBA conducted in-Situ evaluations of seagrass and associated Awfwuchs (overgrowth) that are found on-site and in adjacent submerged areas.

Florida Inland Navigation District Intracoastal Deepening

We provided quality analysis, natural system delineation, and permitting. In-Situ evaluations of seagrass and associated Awfwuchs that are found on-site and in adjacent submerged areas were also made by SCUBA.

Olympia Residential Development

Our team provided permitting, natural system delineation, quality analysis, mitigation design and construction inspection, and oversight. We also monitored and maintained on-site mitigation areas according to required permit conditions.

Capron Lakes DRI and Residential Development

We provided natural system delineation, quality analysis, permitting, mitigation design, and impact evaluations of listed species under the Endangered Species Act. We also conducted site-use surveys and documentation of special listed species.

Southern Facilities Airpark Commercial Development

Our team conducted mitigation design, quality analysis, permitting, natural system delineation, and impact evaluations of listed species.

Home Dynamics Sonoma Tradewinds

We provided impact evaluations of listed species, natural system delineation, quality analysis, permitting, mitigation design and inspection, supervision, and construction services.

Langford (Casa Del Mar) Residential Development and Community Docks

Like our previous projects, we conducted natural system delineation, quality analysis, impact evaluations of listed species, permitting, and mitigation design. We also did sediment collection and evaluation of submerged sites for physio-chemical analysis and documentation. Collections of marine and estuarine macrobenthos on-site will undergo subsequent laboratory identification and analysis.

Metropica Commercial Development or Re-Development

This project is undergoing our permitting phase. In addition to permitting, we performed natural system delineation, quality analysis, impact evaluations of listed species, and provided mitigation design.

Rybovich Marine Renovations

Similar to Standard Pacific Homes, we provided natural system delineation, quality analysis, permitting, mitigation design and inspection, supervision, and construction services. We also did surveys and documentation of listed species according to the Endangered Species Act and amended rules.

Additionally, SCUBA conducted in-Situ evaluations of seagrass and associated Awfwuchs (overgrowth) that are found on-site and in adjacent submerged areas.

Florida Inland Navigation District Intracoastal Deepening

We provided quality analysis, natural system delineation, and permitting. In-Situ evaluations of seagrass and associated Awfwuchs that are found on-site and in adjacent submerged areas were also made by SCUBA.

Olympia Residential Development

Our team provided permitting, natural system delineation, quality analysis, mitigation design and construction inspection, and oversight. We also monitored and maintained on-site mitigation areas according to required permit conditions.

Capron Lakes DRI and Residential Development

We provided natural system delineation, quality analysis, permitting, mitigation design, and impact evaluations of listed species under the Endangered Species Act. We also conducted site-use surveys and documentation of special listed species.

Southern Facilities Airpark Commercial Development

Our team conducted mitigation design, quality analysis, permitting, natural system delineation, and impact evaluations of listed species.

Home Dynamics Sonoma Tradewinds

We provided impact evaluations of listed species, natural system delineation, quality analysis, permitting, mitigation design and inspection, supervision, and construction services.

Langford (Casa Del Mar) Residential Development and Community Docks

Like our previous projects, we conducted natural system delineation, quality analysis, impact evaluations of listed species, permitting, and mitigation design. We also did sediment collection and evaluation of submerged sites for physio-chemical analysis and documentation. Collections of marine and estuarine macrobenthos on-site will undergo subsequent laboratory identification and analysis.

Metropica Commercial Development or Re-Development

This project is undergoing our permitting phase. In addition to permitting, we performed natural system delineation, quality analysis, impact evaluations of listed species, and provided mitigation design.

Environmental Creation and Restoration Projects

Goldasich Environmental has been directly involved with the planning, design, permitting, construction, monitoring, and maintenance of many environmental projects during our more than 30 years of working in South Florida environments. These projects have included both freshwater and saltwater systems that are similar to the mangrove community. Specific projects involve the following:

  • 2012; Bruschi, Stan Pac Homes, Broward County, FL - Freshwater wetland permitting, mitigation design, mitigation area construction management, mitigation area construction, and monitoring and maintenance services (construction not yet underway)
  • 2012; Altman Development, County, FL - Freshwater wetland permitting, mitigation design, mitigation area construction management, mitigation area construction, and monitoring and maintenance services (construction not yet underway)
  • 2011; Casa Del Mar (Lancore), Palm Beach County, FL - Saltwater seagrass, mangrove permitting, and mitigation design including both mangrove and seagrass creation and restoration areas (construction not yet underway)
  • 2009; Capron Lakes, St. Lucie County, FL - Freshwater marsh, shrubby and forested wetland permitting, and mitigation area design services (never constructed due to economic downturn)
  • 2009; Rybovich Marina Renovation, Palm Beach County, FL - Saltwater seagrass community permitting, mitigation design, mitigation area construction management, mitigation area construction, and monitoring and maintenance services
  • 2009; Buna Vida, Palm Beach County, FL - Wet prairie and forested wetland permitting, design, mitigation area construction management, mitigation area planting, and monitoring and maintenance services
  • 2006; Olympia, Palm Beach County, FL - Freshwater marsh, shrubby and forested wetland permitting, design, mitigation area construction management, mitigation area planting, and monitoring and maintenance services

Acquiring Large Quantities of Wetland Plants

Experience in Florida Grades and Standards for Nursery Plants

  • Our saltwater projects include the restoration of mangrove habitats adjacent to the Intracoastal waterways in Highland Beach, Boynton Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Little Munyon Island, and Pompano Beach in Florida. Restoration activities included soil grading, rip-rap placement, mangrove installations, and monitoring and maintenance.
  • We also conducted seagrass restoration and enhancement projects in Broward and Palm Beach Counties for several projects. These projects include both replanting and enhancement through wave attenuation activities.

Eradication and Control of Non-Native Invasive Plants

  • 2009; Rybovich Marina Renovation, Palm Beach County, FL - Saltwater seagrass community permitting, mitigation design, mitigation area construction management, mitigation area construction, and monitoring and maintenance services
  • 2009; Buna Vida, Palm Beach County, FL - Wet prairie and forested wetland permitting, design, mitigation area construction management, mitigation area planting, and monitoring and maintenance services
  • 2006; Olympia, Palm Beach County, FL - Freshwater marsh, shrubby and forested wetland permitting, design, mitigation area construction management, mitigation area planting, and monitoring and maintenance services

Specific Services and/or Managing Specific Services (Environmental Construction and Protection of Adjacent Natural Areas)

The environmental enhancement projects that we managed are associated with the protection of adjacent natural areas, as well as the restoration and improvement of highly degraded or non-native communities. We did this to establish a system of natural areas that provide synergistic benefits.

We employ careful planning so that the overall schedule and adjacent high-quality areas are not negatively affected by restoration in nearby lands. Some of our notable projects are:

WEB Silt Fence with Mangroves
  • 07/2012; Bruschi, Stan Pac Homes, Michael Debock, (954) 538-3500, Broward County, FL - Freshwater wetland permitting, mitigation design, mitigation area construction management, mitigation area construction, and monitoring and maintenance services (construction not yet underway)
  • Environmental construction management for this project is in the planning stages. This project includes planning for mitigation area phasing, planting time schedules, erosion protection features, and surface water protection elements.
  • 08/2012; Altman Development, Manny Martinez, (561) 997-8661, Broward County, FL - Freshwater wetland permitting, mitigation design, mitigation area construction management, mitigation area construction, monitoring and maintenance services (construction not yet underway)
  • Similarly, environmental construction management for this project is in the planning stages. This project includes planning for mitigation area phasing, planting time schedules, erosion protection features, and surface water protection elements.
  • 2011; Casa Del Mar (Lancore), Palm Beach County, FL - Saltwater seagrass, mangrove permitting, and mitigation design including both mangrove and seagrass creation and restoration areas (construction not yet underway)
  • 2009; Capron Lakes, Huizenga Holdings, Alex Muxo, (954) 627-5015, St. Lucie County, FL - Freshwater marsh, shrubby and forested wetland permitting, and mitigation area design services (never constructed due to economic downturn)
  • Environmental construction management is essential for this site. However, due to the ongoing rock mining operation conducted within this 2,000-acre site and the need to protect adjacent high-quality natural resource areas, the project was not constructed.
  • Areas to be protected include forested and herbaceous wetlands, native upland forest communities, and surface water lakes and canals. Listed species including the Audubon's Caracara, indigo snake, gopher tortoise, American alligator, snail kite, wood stork, and tricolor heron are also living in this area.
  • 10/2009; Rybovich Marina Renovation, Huizenga Holdings, Alex Muxo, (954) 627-5015, Palm Beach County, FL - Saltwater seagrass community permitting, mitigation design, mitigation area construction management, mitigation area construction, and monitoring and maintenance services.
  • Project management includes dock construction, seawall construction, stormwater management area construction, and protection of adjacent seagrass and important benthic resources in the Lake Worth Lagoon. This project also includes the construction of a seawall or wave break wall more than a mile from the nearest mainland shore in areas that were known to support seagrasses.
  • We conducted construction management of the wall construction, inspection of the benthic substrate prior to wall placement, and relocation of any seagrasses that would be impacted by the wall. Additionally, seagrass inspections during construction were designed to protect and identify sites used by the West Indian manatee, sea turtles and the smalltooth sawfish.
  • Project management includes dock construction, seawall construction, stormwater management area construction, and protection of adjacent seagrass and important benthic resources in the Lake Worth Lagoon. This project also includes the construction of a seawall or wave break wall more than a mile from the nearest mainland shore in areas that were known to support seagrasses.
  • We conducted construction management of the wall construction, inspection of the benthic substrate prior to wall placement, and relocation of any seagrasses that would be impacted by the wall. Additionally, seagrass inspections during construction were designed to protect and identify sites used by the West Indian manatee, sea turtles and the smalltooth sawfish.
  • This project has large numbers of high-quality fragmented forested and herbaceous wetlands that have to be protected as part of the permit. It was difficult to protect because of areas in high-quality mixed wetland and native upland forest ecosystems.
  • To preserve these areas, we used heavy machinery working within and in nearby lands. Fortunately, we managed the construction and environmental elements of this project with no adverse impacts on existing natural systems or native resource areas.
  • 08/2006; Olympia, Minto Homes, Craig Unger, (954) 270-8000, Palm Beach County, FL - Freshwater marsh, shrubby and forested wetland permitting, design, mitigation area construction management, mitigation area planting, and monitoring and maintenance services.

Adherence to Special Construction Activities

All of the projects listed in our specific services also include:

  • Phasing of Construction
  • Environmental Protection
  • Erosion and Sediment Control
  • Turbidity Control
  • Grassing Items As Needed
  • Silt Fencing
  • Selection and/or Growing Appropriate Plant Species for Natural System Restoration
  • Removal of All Temporary Facilities After Construction

Scope of Services and Responsibility

  • Growing Large Number (60,000 – 80,000) of Native Wetland Plants
  • Management of Grow Contract and Contractor
  • Development of General Management Plan to Construct and Plant Wetland
  • Enhancement Project
  • Clearing Non-Native Vegetation
  • Grinding Vegetation
  • Disposal of Non-Native Vegetation and Associated Debris
  • Site Preparation
  • Demolition
  • Environmental Assessments, Impact Statements, and Permitting
  • Clearing and Grubbing
  • Site Protection
  • Excavation
  • Removing and Transporting Soils for Stock-Piling/Segregation
  • Earthwork Activities
  • Channel Excavation
  • Rip Rap Placement
  • Plantings
  • Maintenance