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.

EPA May Expand Regulations for Methane Emissions for Oil and Gas

By |2018-11-02T08:41:29-04:00September 8th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Methane, a byproduct of oil and gas extraction, is 84 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide within the first 20 years of being released. The White House says 28 percent of US methane emissions are generated from natural gas wells and pipelines. A Stanford University study said [...]

Draft Ruling Identifies Definition, Changes to Navigable Waters

By |2018-11-02T08:41:50-04:00April 30th, 2014|Tags: , , |

After the US Supreme Court rulings in the Solid Waste Association of Northern Cook Counties (SWANCC) and Rapanos cases, many were left wondering what waters are jurisdictional, what are not, what “significant nexus” meant, and how do you quantify it? To address these questions, a ruling (EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880) was drafted by the Environmental Protection [...]

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Revises Water Quality Standards

By |2018-11-02T08:42:37-04:00April 25th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , |

Fourteen major rivers, more than a hundred lakes, and 23 aquifers comprise the major sources of freshwater in Texas. It sounds like Texas has plenty of water, but the reality is these resources are shared across five metropolitan cities and distributed across a state the size of France with two-thirds of the state [...]

Project Highlights

By |2018-11-02T08:43:52-04:00January 25th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Learn more about some of our recent project updates. Florida Gas Transmission Since 1996, RS&H has provided Florida Gas Transmission Company (FGT) with environmental compliance services to support its pipeline operations from Mississippi to South Florida. These operations consist of more than 5,000 miles of pipeline and 23 compressor stations. RS&H has helped FGT: [...]

Our Core Values

By |2018-11-02T08:45:10-04:00January 15th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Training & Development The Training and Development program at RS&H aims to provide associates with continual opportunities to improve their professional skills and to become leaders in their respective fields. Last year in the Tyler office, our associates participated in OSHA safety training, obtained a number of TxDOT pre-certifications, attended a TxDOT environmental [...]

Consequences of Not Complying with Environmental Laws and Regulations

By |2018-11-02T08:47:34-04:00November 30th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Most consequences in life don’t seem possible until they actually happen. Whether it is going that extra five miles over the speed limit or not getting your inspection sticker on time, it can be easy to overlook potential repercussions. The same holds true for environmental related laws and regulations. It seems easy to construct [...]

New Stream Mitigation Rules for the Fort Worth, Texas District

By |2018-11-02T08:46:47-04:00October 15th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

On October 2, 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District announced its adoption of the new Stream Mitigation Method (SMM). The method aims to increase in-kind mitigation for impacts to stream resources by giving preference to stream mitigation credits generated through in-stream improvements. Only recently has the science of true [...]

Finding Ecological Information through Reliable Websites

By |2018-11-02T08:51:29-04:00July 20th, 2013|Tags: , , |

How much can you learn from the World Wide Web? The short answer: A lot! The Internet provides many useful articles, links, websites, opinions, and pictures to help us get through the day. However, a search engine might not get the job done in a timely fashion. Search “threatened and endangered species” and [...]

Cheaper, Faster, Reliable: Technology Saving You Money

By |2018-11-02T08:51:39-04:00July 15th, 2013|Tags: , , |

With today’s technological advances, many of the laborious tasks required to complete ecological and natural resource components of a project are greatly improved. Gone are the days of field notebooks with blurred drawings and “cut-and-paste” maps. GPS units, GIS software, digital cameras, smart phones, tablets, and a host of other gadgets allow field [...]

Exemptions Implemented for Storm Water Plans

By |2018-11-02T08:52:48-04:00April 15th, 2013|Tags: , , |

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempted oil and gas activities from EPA storm water plans and permits. However, there are certain circumstances that are not exempt from storm water regulations. In June 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the ‘Final Rule’ exempting oil and natural gas construction activities from the National [...]