MS Soil Science

University of New Hampshire 1992

BS Geology

State University of New York at Cortland 1983

ODOT Training

  • Ecological Survey
  • Environmental Documentation (CEs & 4f/6f)
  • Environmental Site Assessment (Phase 1 & 2)
  • Wetland & Stream Mitigation


Wetland Scientist

Soil Scientist

Soil Classifier

Mitchel Strain, PWS, CPSS, CPSC

Director of Environmental Services

Professional Experience

Mr. Strain joined Smart Services in 2014 as the Director of Environmental Services. Since beginning his career in 1983 Mr. Strain has developed extensive knowledge of all aspects of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) including preparation of Environmental Assessments (EA), Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Categorical Exclusions (CE) and other NEPA documentation, baseline biological assessments, and Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) analyses; threatened and endangered species surveys and critical habitat assessments; wetland and stream evaluations; cultural resource investigations; and vegetative community surveys. Mr. Strain’s expertise is in wetland science, including delineation, creation, and restoration of wetlands for mitigation and wildlife habitat, Clean water Act Section 404 and 401 permitting, and design of constructed wetland treatment systems.

Recent Representative Projects

ODOT Statewide Mitigation Credit / In-Lieu Fee Services Task Order, PID 103864 -Smart Services was selected as the consultant to facilitate, on the behalf of ODOT, the acquisition of stream, wetland, or other types of environmental mitigation credits at approved mitigation banks and/or in-lieu fee programs. The need for said credits is to satisfy ODOT mitigation obligations resulting from Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, or other state or federal mitigation requirements.

Contact: Matt Perlick, Asst. Admin., ODOT Environmental Services 614-466-1937

University of Notre Dame / NiSource Pipeline, St. Joseph County, Indiana – Mr. Strain prepared permit applications and documentation for submittal to the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District, and Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), pursuant to the requirements of CWA Sections 404 and 401 and the Indiana Isolated Wetland Permit Program. Project impacts met Nationwide Permit (NWP) No.12, Utility Line Activities and only required Pre-discharge Notification (PCN) and a general permit known as an Isolated Wetland General Permit (IWGP).

Contact: Pat Nortz, PE, Project Manager, NTH, 216-344-4048

East Reservoir Dam Improvements, Portage Lakes State Park, Summit County, Ohio – Mr. Strain provided Section 404 permit coordination and documentation and the drafting of PCN documents for USACE as a subconsultant to TetraTech on the $40M Ohio Department of Natural Resources project.

Contact: Pete Nix, PE, Project Manager, Tetra Tech, 614-289-0112

Wetland Permit Coordination, Clermont County Department of Economic Development – Mr. Strain provided wetland permit coordination and documentation for the South Afton Commerce Park in Clermont County. He also prepared the necessary permits for submittal to the USACE and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Contact: Andy Kuchta, Director, Clermont County CIC, 513-732-7150