Saturday, March 25, 2017

NEPA / CEQA



Environmental Assessments

Environmental Assessments (EAs) are frequently required to either identify if certain issues rise to the level that need to be addressed in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or not. Depending on the concerns of the agency, EAs may focus on specific studies, or may cover the spectrum of issues evaluated in an EIS. Some of the common topics of an EA include: threatened or endangered species, wetlands, jurisdictional waters, cultural resources & archeology, water resources, hydrology, air quality, geology, mining claims, hazardous materials and environmental justice.

Environmental Impact Statements

Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) are required for major projects or legislative proposals that may significantly affect the environment. Many state and local governments also require EIS documentation for large projects. EIS describes the positive and negative effects of the proposed action and cites possible alternative actions. A governing agency reviews and responds to filed impact statements and makes available a national EIS filing system. Converse has worked on several EIS projects by supporting specialty firms in preparing the documents. We have completed several studies in the areas of geology, water resources and air quality.

Wetlands Determinations & Wetlands Delineation

Three wetland criteria must be present for an undisturbed area to be called a wetland: wetland hydrology (the way water enters, is retained and released); wetland vegetation; and wetland soils, commonly known as hydric soils. Wetland delineators use their skills and experience in field botany, soil science, hydrology and sampling procedures, as well as the federally approved wetland delineation methods, to determine and document the wetland edge. Converse has served numerous development projects in identifying and mitigating wetlands concerns and in some cases facilitated a determination that the area of concern is not a wetlands

Threatened and Endangered Species & Tortoise Surveys

There are numerous listed Threatened or Endangered Species (T&E Species). Many development projects require T&E species to be identified as part of the Environmental Assessment. Converse has conducted surveys on T&E sensitive species, as well as federal or state-listed species of concern by following U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Fish and Game, or other appropriate federal and state protocols.