Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc

Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc

Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc

WSSI is the leading natural and cultural resources consultant in Northern Virginia. Our wetland scientists, engineers, regulatory / compliance / survey / GIS specialists, and archeologists assist developers and public works agencies with the permitting process and create innovative solutions to water quality issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay region.

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5300 Wellington Branch Drive Suite 100 , Gainesville , Virginia 20155 USA
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Business Type:
Engineering service provider
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Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)
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Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI) emerged from The Michael Rolband Company, a real estate development firm founded in 1988 by Michael S. Rolband, P.E., P.W.S., P.W.D., LEED® AP, which specialized in environmentally-challenged sites.  In 1991, the organization incorporated under the new name of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. to reflect the firm’s shift in focus to Clean Water Act permitting and regulatory requirements of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act.

Today, WSSI is the leading natural and cultural resources consultant in Northern Virginia. Our scientists, regulatory specialists, engineers, surveyors, permit compliance specialists, archeologists, ecosystem managers, and geographic information specialists provide expertise and experience for public and private sector builders to obtain the environmental approvals needed to create the built environment.

WSSI has provided services and permit approvals on over ± 2,500 project sites, encompassing more than 200,000 acres. In addition the firm has created and restored over 1,300 acres of wetlands and ± 157,000 linear feet of streams. WSSI's workload consists of more than 90 percent repeat clientele.

As a testament to WSSI’s outstanding achievements and unparalleled expertise in its field, the firm has received numerous industry achievement awards, and its principal engineers and scientists are often asked to conduct classes and seminars for local universities, industry associations, and regulatory agencies, including: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), the Engineers and Surveyors Institute (ESI), and the American Law Institute/American Bar Association (ALI-ABA).  In addition, WSSI staff frequently testify before local, state, and national legislative committees regarding wetlands and water resources' policy.

Always maintaining its principle of holistically examining environmental and cultural issues in the development process, WSSI has grown to over 75 technical and administrative staff. Understanding the unique perspectives of its clients allows WSSI to successfully integrate the practical constraints of economics and land plan requirements with the need to satisfy local, state, and federal regulations.

Strategic Acquisitions
In 2009, WSSI acquired CivilTraining, LLC, a leading provider of hands-on training, implementation, and consulting services for Civil Engineering, Surveying, and GIS software. CivilTraining, LLC strives to promote knowledge and best practices in the industries served and to increase profitability by helping professionals become more productive through technology. CivilTraining, LLC has served the industry continuously since 1984, assisting clients with standards implementation, project management, survey automation, and CAD training.

In 2004, WSSI acquired Thunderbird Archeological Associates (TAA), founded in 1981 by Dr. William H. Gardner and Dr. Joan M. Walker from the nucleus of the non-profit Thunderbird Research Corporation.   The merger formalized an unofficial relationship between the two firms that dated back more than a decade. Similar to WSSI, TAA operated with a multi-disciplinary, environmentally-oriented focus. Now, with both firms operating as one seamless unit, WSSI provides streamlined, one-stop, environmental and cultural resource consulting services with unmatched time and cost-efficiency for its clients.

Consulting Services

  • Wetland and Stream Delineations
  • Clean Water Act Permitting
  • Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Approvals
  • Stream and Wetlands Restoration
  • Civil and Water Resources Engineering
  • Archeological Investigations
  • Geographic Information Systems Mapping
  • Land and Bathymetric Surveying
  • Ecosystem and Restoration Management
  • Low Impact Development Consultation
  • Environmental Permit Compliance