Zara Environmental LLC (Zara) was founded in 2003 by Dr. Jean Krejca and Peter Sprouse. Zara’s services include biological and hydrogeological assessments, environmental compliance, and land management. Our biological specialties include avifauna, herpetofauna, freshwater mussels, freshwater fishes, bats, and karst fauna. We consult with landowners, governments, and developers needing to comply with endangered species regulations, including obtaining take permits and fulfilling permit obligations. We conduct groundwater studies and Geologic Assessments for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Edwards Aquifer Protection program. Zara drafts endangered species recovery plans, habitat conservation plans, groundwater reports, and generates research presented at major conferences. Our projects have included groundwater dye tracing, cave atmosphere carbon dioxide studies, presence/absence surveys for endangered species and rare mussels, invasive fire ant control, environmental compliance monitoring, peer review of studies for scientific validity, bat habitat assessments, salamander mark/recapture studies, radio tracking and isotope studies of cave crickets, and drafting management/monitoring plans. Zara has also assisted clients in the creation of bird habitat mitigation banks. We have an excellent relationship with regulatory entities, demonstrated by their use of our research to provide scientific defensibility and guide policy.
We are registered as a Geoscience Firm by the Texas State Board of Professional Geoscientists and our staff includes State of Texas Licensed Professional Geologists. Zara also has experts who hold US Fish and Wildlife Service 10(a)(1)(A) permits for endangered karst, salamander, aquatic and/or bird species, as well as Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Scientific Research Permits covering work with state-listed freshwater mussels, amphibians, reptiles, and bats. Our firm is pre-certified by the Texas Department of Transportation for Wetland Delineation, Nationwide Permits, Water Pollution Abatement Plans, Protected Species Habitat Determination, Impact Evaluation Assessments, and Biological Surveys. Zara is a state certified Historically Under Utilized Business (HUB) and is certified as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by other local entities.
Our clients have included the Department of Defense, Department of Interior - National Park Service, Edwards Aquifer Authority, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Bexar County, Hays County, Travis County, City of San Antonio, City of Austin, and numerous private landowners, engineering, and consulting firms.