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Could changes in Washington affect Section 404 permitting?

Getting Section 404 permit approval from US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is a process that can take up to 3 years. A process that requires federal and state interagency coordination to review hundreds of pages of permit applications that are opened for public comment, all while running on lousy coffee. Now, imagine the process with 20 percent less staff.

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The Case for the Free Market in Mitigation Banking

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 →

5 Steps to Take when Working with Cultural and Historic Resources

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 →

HUC Boundaries and the Watershed Approach: The Wrong Tool for the Job

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.

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