Tag Archives: Environmental Planning

How to Secure and Expedite Western Joshua Tree Incidental Take Permits

The western Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) is a species of ecological and cultural importance that occurs across large swathes of California’s desert. In early 2023, the California Fish and Game Commission considered listing the western Joshua tree as a threatened species but has not yet made a decision about whether it will do so.  However,

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7 Tips to Help You Manage Spring Biology Surveys in 2024

Every spring biology survey is slightly different because of varying rain, temperature, and other factors. While some species—plants and some invertebrates, to name two—have variable survey seasons, others have well-established or agency-mandated survey seasons. Missing a survey window can adversely impact a project’s schedule and defensibility. By working closely with expert biologists, you can identify

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How Hydrology Modeling Supports Accurate Wetlands Delineation

Computerized hydrology modeling software utilizes sophisticated numeric models to analyze water runoff within a watershed area over a specific time period and rainfall intensity. This advanced technology revolutionizes the assessment of water resources and their impact on project planning. By integrating existing topography, soil types, and vegetation cover, hydrology models can accurately predict water surface

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NEPA Compliance and Documentation

We provide public and private clients with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and documentation support for a wide variety of projects ranging from utility-scale renewable energy development to local affordable housing projects. Our NEPA project managers maximize efficiency by utilizing Dudek’s in-house technical resource experts to support defensible NEPA documents done right the first

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What You Need to Know to Secure Permits under the Amended 2023 WOTUS Rule

On May 25, 2023, the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) issued a ruling in the Sackett v. EPA case, stating only wetlands with a continuous surface connection to large rivers, lakes, and streams are eligible for federal protection. On August 29, 2023, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended the 2023 Clean Water Rule

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How to Reduce Noise Impacts: Debunking 4 Common Myths about Noise Control Methods

Noise mitigation is often required to comply with permits for a variety of projects. Misunderstanding the most effective noise control methods can derail your project, wasting time and money in implementing ineffective noise control methods. Dudek Lead Acoustician Jim Cowan debunks four noise control myths, so you can develop noise control measures that reduce noise

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The Truth About Noise: Debunking 3 Common Myths About the Effects of Noise on Humans

Sound affects people in both positive and negative ways. Besides sound being the primary communication channel for most people, our reactions to sound provide a key trigger for protecting ourselves from harm.  This protective reaction is usually accompanied by an increase in stress hormones, which can cause physical damage to our bodies over time. Sound

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Boulder County Parks and Open Space Breeding Bird Data Analysis

Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS) needed to conduct breeding bird data analysis for data from 25 individual properties throughout the County. Dudek analyzed the data to assess the effects of various land management actions on the avian population and identify trends in bird populations at each property over time to determine potential correlations

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How Three Bat Species Listings May Impact your Wind Energy Project

The operation of wind energy facilities can potentially harm bats, but the true extent of this danger is not fully understood. In some US regions, a significant challenge to developing wind energy is finding ways to lower the number of bats that collide with wind turbines while maintaining high power production levels. When developing or

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