The mitigation market as it exists today has its good qualities, but there are some drawbacks too. I’d like to propose some ideas and open a dialog about ways we can try to improve our industry.
Main Similarities and Differences that Impact Congress’s Decision on the Water Resources Development Act
Have you heard about the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016? Not to be confused with the WRDA of 1974 or WRDA of 1992 – those are just three of 11 WRDAs. All WRDAs are related to water resources needs, but the actual applications are varied among environmental, structural, navigational, flood protection, hydrology, and other needs. The WRDA is revisited approximately every two years and does not designate new money for spending, but authorizes projects for which lawmakers can make spending appropriations in the future.Continue Reading →
Working with cultural and historic sites can be a sensitive proposition. In a recent example, the federal government requested a temporary cessation of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that runs through the reservation of an American Indian tribe, the Standing Rock Sioux.Continue Reading →
As scientists, we’re always on the lookout for universal theories, model applicability, and patterns in nature. Regulators are called upon to develop methodologies that are rapid, repeatable, and accessible. Permittees are looking for consistency in regulatory requirements so we can assess project feasibility.
Home-Rule City in a Business-Friendly State: Texas Supreme Court Strikes Down Houston’s Air Quality Enforcement
Last month, the State of Texas was forced to choose between its business-friendly values and a controversial example of its independent home-rule history.