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Reliability and trustworthiness are two characteristics that

Nichols Environmental Consulting LLC values.

It is important to us that our clients know they can count on

and trust us to get the job done.

Black Soil

Our Services


  • Soil Classification

    • Soil morphology & Unified Method, Evaluations​

    • High Intensity Soil Mapping

    • Mine Spoil/ Fill Classification 

    • Hydric Soil Determinations

  • Environmental Permitting​

    • Septic Systems​ (Alabama & Georgia Department of Public Health)

    • Percolation Tests

    • Conventional & Engineered Designs with Application Submittals​​​

  • Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Permitting

    • UIC Permits

    • General Permits

    • NPDES/Stormwater Permitting

  • Ecological Services

    • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

    • Wetland & Stream Assessments 

    • Nationwide & Individual Mitigation Permits

    • Threatened & Endangered Species (T&E) Surveys

  • Civil & Land Use Planning

    • Pre-Purchase Property Assessments

    • GIS Modeling & Layout & CAD Drafting

    • Commercial, Residential & Recreational Site Layout & Design

    • Karst Topography Assessments

    • Cultural Resources Assessments

  • Survey

    • Topographic Surveys (Field Run & Lidar (Drone) Acquisition

    • Project Site Stake Out & Map Generation

  • Wastewater

    • Environmental Pumping & Waste Removal (Project Specific)

  • Laboratory Analysis

    • Contaminant Testing/Tracing

    • Water Quality Testing



  • Property Evaluations

  • Crop Consulting & Scouting

  • Nutrient Management Plans

  • Soil Sampling for Management of N.P.K.

  • Laboratory Analysis

    • Nutrient Testing

    • pH Testing



  • Subsurface Exploration for Residential and Commercial Applications

  • Standard Penetration Testing (SPT)

    • Full Geotechnical Evaluation Reports with Foundation Recommendations

  • Geological Drilling, Sampling & Assessment (Gravel & Bedrock Recommendations)

  • Shelby Tube Sampling

  • Environmental Drilling 

  • Compaction Testing   

    • Nuclear Density

    • Proof Roll Verifications

    • SPT /N-Value Determinations

  • Geophysical Analysis

    • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR Assessments)

    • Electromagnetic Induction (EMI)

  • Laboratory Analysis

    • Aggregate Determinations

    • Atterberg Limits

    • Proctor Density

    • Sieve Analysis

    • Particle Size Analysis

    • Permeameter (Lab & Field)


About the owner

Cooper Nichols is a Troy native, who graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Agronomy and Soil Science. He and his wife Lynlee and sons, Warren and Riley, have resided in Pike Road, Alabama for the past 6 years. When Cooper is not working at NEC, you can find him on his small farm teaching his boys how to work the land. Cooper is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys golfing. He looks forward to continuing to  serve Pike Road and surrounding areas.

Affiliations, Memberships,
& Licenses

N.E.C is committed to the highest industry standards. To ensure that we are up to date on the latest technology and innovations, N.E.C maintains memberships and affiliations with programs and organizations that provide knowledge and education relevant to our field.  

Alabama Advisory Council Board Member for Professional Soil Classifiers 2022-2026

Coastal Conservation Association

National Wild Turkey Federation

Ducks Unlimited

United States Golf Association 1894 club (Turf management)

Alabama Hunting Heritage Foundation Board Member

Professional Soil Classifiers Association of Alabama

Professional Soil Classifiers Association of Mississippi

Soil Science Society of America

Soil Science Society of Georgia

American Society of Civil Engineers (Alabama Branch)

Florida Association of Environmental Soil Scientists

Alabama Onsite Wastewater Association

Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

Auburn University Alumni Association


Registered Professional Soil Classifier

Certified Professional Sediment Erosion Control

Certified Conservation Planner

Quality Credential Inspector


Licensed Professional Soil Scientist


Certified Professional Soil Classifier (DPH)


Certified Professional Soil Scientist (SSSA)
Certified Crop Advisor (CSA)

Registered Forage and Grazing Lands Specialist

Certified Professional Wetland Scientist

Additional Staff and Licenses associated with NEC:

Professional Engineer (AL-GA)

Professional Land Surveyor (AL-GA)

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