WSSI Quick Fact
Year Founded: 1991
Current Employees: 100
Projects Completed to Date: Over 5,000
Project Sites: Nearly 220,000 acres
Primary Service Area: Northern Virginia and the Washington DC Metropolitan Area
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. WSSI became a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of The Davey Tree Expert Company on April 1, 2014.
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 ± 180,000 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.
In 2014, WSSI acquired Klebasko Environmental, a full service environmental consulting firm located in Odenton, Maryland. Klebasko Environmental’s principals have over 30 years of combined experience providing a wide range of environmental studies from wetland delineations, conducting jurisdictional determination site visits, and preparing Joint Federal/State wetland permit applications to forest stand delineations, natural resource inventory studies and forest conservation plans. When combined with WSSI’s 20+ years of providing natural and cultural resources consulting on both sides of the Potomac River, the acquisition of Klebasko Environmental will allow us to better support the needs of our clients throughout Maryland.
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.
Wetland and Stream Delineations
Clean Water Act Permitting
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Approvals
Stream and Wetlands Restoration
Civil and Water Resources Engineering
Geographic Information Systems Mapping
Land and Bathymetric Surveying
Tree Assessments, Inventories, and Plans
Ecosystem and Restoration Management
Low Impact Development Consultation
Environmental Permit Compliance