All posts by Nicole Flewellen

5 Helpful Steps to Negotiate the Best Permit Conditions for Every Project

Construction delays, tied-up bonding capacity, and extraneous years of site mitigation, monitoring, and maintenance are just a few of the consequences of poorly considered and negotiated permit conditions. Conversely, a thorough, thoughtful permitting strategy can save you time and money. Dudek Habitat Restoration Practice Director Mike Sweesy offers five tips on how to tailor a

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Bumble Bees May Soon Be Eligible for Listing under the California Endangered Species Act

What is the current listing status for California bumble bees? On May 31, 2022, the Third Appellate Court District in California ruled that “…a terrestrial invertebrate, like each of the four bumble bee species, may be listed as an endangered or threatened species under the [California Endangered Species Act],” under the definition of ‘fish.’ This

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Telling Stories with Data: 3 Steps to Help You Craft Eye-Catching Data Visualizations

We are constantly inundated with data that demands our attention and comprehension. From avoiding traffic jams to tracking COVID case counts, data has undoubtedly improved our personal lives in many ways. But valuable data is not inherently useful data. For data to be useful, it must be comprehensible and then actionable. Technical visual storytelling (often

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How to Secure Federal Funds for your Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

The average wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in the U.S. is 40 to 50 years old and many of these aging facilities need upgrades. Federal funding programs are an option to complete a planned wastewater treatment plant upgrade. However, access to those funds comes with a caveat. To ensure climate resiliency and protect against flooding, the

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How Dudek is Helping Improve Water Equity in Tribal and Underrepresented Communities through Outreach and Engagement

California has more federally recognized tribes than any other state—109 to be exact. Within the State of California, Tribes, Tribal Communities, and Underrepresented Communities face multiple challenges regarding water equity and access to clean, affordable, and sustainable groundwater and water resources, such as groundwater overdraft and groundwater basin contamination. The Public Policy Institute of California

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How We’re Celebrating Staff Milestones and Serving Local Communities by Planting Trees

Since 2018, Dudek has recognized and honored Dudekian service milestones by donating to the Arbor Day Foundation for the planting of trees in Klamath National Park. While this was a great concept, the exact location of “Dudek’s” trees remained ambiguous and we found ourselves wanting to make a more tangible, local impact. So, in 2021,

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How Dudek’s Sustainability and IT Teams Turned “Worthless” E-Waste into an Opportunity to Give Back and Be Green

Due to materials in technology equipment, e-waste needs to be handled differently from regular trash as the materials can create environmental and health risks when incinerated, put in landfills, or melted down. Up until 2021, Dudek had been in the practice of reselling much of our old IT equipment to a third party, recouping the

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3 Reasons you Need a Protected Species Observer to Ensure Marine Project Success

From November 1 through March 31, manatees migrate south from along the Eastern Seaboard, seeking warmer waters off the coast of Florida and along the Gulf of Mexico. During these five months, manatee presence in the area increases significantly, so many in-water construction activities must be halted. In 2021, an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) was

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New Wildfire Crisis Strategy: 3 Targeted Ways the USFS Plans to Protect Communities at Risk

The warming climate, a proliferation of uncleared vegetation, and development near wildlands all combine to fuel devastating fire seasons that begin earlier and earlier each year, especially across the American West. In 2020, 10.1 million acres burned nationwide. To address this crisis, in January of 2022, the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Forest Service)

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How a Thermal Runaway Study Can Help Address Concerns during Energy Storage Permitting

What is thermal runaway? As more renewable energy projects are developed and come online, there is an increasing need for large-scale energy storage development. A battery energy storage system (BESS) is able to store excess electricity generated by certain renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) and when needed, quickly inject that electricity back

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