In the United States, an environmental site assessment is a report prepared for a real estate holding that identifies potential or existing environmental contamination liabilities. The analysis, often called an ESA, typically addresses both the underlying land as well as physical improvements to the property. Proposed and billed on a per-project, our investigations will serve the public and private sector markets. We follow current ASTM standard practice for Environmental Site Assessments.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) directs all Federal agencies to work to conserve endangered and threatened species. Under Section 7 of the ESA, Federal agencies must consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when any action the agency carries out, funds, or authorizes (such as through a permit) may affect a listed endangered or threatened species. We draw upon our broad range of regional knowledge across the southwestern United States and experience with many regulatory agencies to provide biological assessments, habitat assessments, vegetation mapping and monitoring, and species surveys.
We provide wetlands and waters of the U.S. delineation following the USACE guidelines for permitting under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act. We provide documentation ranging from a simple determination to state whether wetlands and/or streams exist on a property, to the field investigation and marking of waters of the U.S. boundaries. CEC professionals are experienced with USACE Section 404/10 permitting across the southwestern U.S. with staff including professional wetland scientists and ecologists trained in wetland delineation, functional and conditional assessments, and wetland and stream mitigation plan preparation.
The National Historic Preservation Act protects historic sites that are included in or are eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historical Places. If a project is federally permitted, licensed, funded, or partially funded, the project must comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. In addition, the Antiquities Code of Texas was enacted in 1969 to protect archeological sites and historic buildings on public land. Our cultural resources management (CRM) team can assist you and your project recognize and avoid cultural resources constraints to meet resource laws and regulations.
We can provide regulatory permitting and agency coordination - services may include preparation of agency coordination letters, pre-construction notification, or permit applications. Our experience includes work on a variety of projects related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Rivers and Harbors Act (RHA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
We are highly experienced in preparing environmental documentation required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Our professionals have completed environmental assessment (EA) and categorical exclusion (CE) documentation for a variety of federal projects including those for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT).