Kate Lindekugel

About Kate Lindekugel

As an environmental scientist, Kate has more than 13 years of experience including ecological surveys and field studies, functional assessments, preparing environmental reports and permits, data management, stream channel and wetland restoration, peer reviewed research, and coordinating with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies, as well as public and private stakeholders.

New USACE Fort Worth District Mitigation Banking Guidelines: Public Comments Due Feb. 9

By |2018-11-02T08:20:56+00:00January 30th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Hello loyal readers of the Ecological Resource News! This month’s addition comes a bit early as we have a new set of regulatory guidelines regarding mitigation banking in Texas, and we wanted to provide our readers the opportunity to read, discuss, and possibly submit comments. Check out the guidelines for comments, and click below to read my column.

Could changes in Washington affect Section 404 permitting?

By |2018-11-02T08:21:49+00:00April 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

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.

The Case for the Free Market in Mitigation Banking

By |2018-11-02T08:22:18+00:00November 16th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

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. In many places in the U.S., the mitigation market suffers from a small seller/small buyer problem, usually [...]

5 Steps to Take when Working with Cultural and Historic Resources

By |2018-11-02T08:23:06+00:00September 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , , |

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. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has drawn thousands to join their [...]

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

By |2018-11-02T08:25:01+00:00August 17th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

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. All of these are understandable and worthy goals, but oftentimes their [...]

3 Recent Updates for Threatened and Endangered Species

By |2018-11-02T08:27:38+00:00May 26th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 provides for the conservation of species that are endangered or threatened, and the ecosystems on which they depend. Compliance with the ESA can represent a significant regulatory challenge for many projects, so keeping up-do-date with changes in the ESA program can help achieve a successful project. The [...]

Top 5 Steps of Conducting Oil and Gas Due Diligence

By |2018-11-02T08:29:34+00:00March 8th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

When purchasing an oil or gas facility or property, buyers should be aware of the lurking risks. One way to mitigate some of the risk is by performing thorough pre-purchase environmental due diligence. This will help to ensure that permits and records are in order, no significant contamination is present on site, and [...]