Ecological Resource News

Construction within FEMA Floodways and Floodplains – Things to Keep in Mind

By |2018-11-02T08:18:50+00:00October 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

During the planning phase of any construction project, it is imperative to verify if a project is located within an area identified as a regulated floodway or floodplain as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Most construction activities within a regulated floodway or floodplain require coordination with FEMA and the local Floodplain [...]

Blue Carbon and Sequestration

By |2018-11-02T08:21:23+00:00April 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Purposeful, anthropogenic carbon sequestration is a fairly recent endeavor to mitigate carbon releases from industrial processes. The theory is that, by actively removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the effects of manmade climate change can be reduced. This is not only seen as a necessity for general global health, but also as a [...]

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.

Wetland Mitigation and No Net Loss – Apples to Apples?

By |2018-11-02T08:22:02+00:00November 30th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Does the use of wetland mitigation to offset unavoidable impacts to wetland resources always result in no net loss? The initial consensus is, generally, yes. However, I would argue to a large degree this is not the case. But, before we delve further into the question, let’s first continue with a brief history. [...]

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 [...]

Main Similarities and Differences that Impact Congress’s Decision on the Water Resources Development Act

By |2018-11-02T08:23:20+00:00October 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

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, [...]

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 [...]