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environmental planning services

 

EcoPlan’s environmental planning professionals lead teams of in-house specialists to incorporate associated laws and regulations (for example, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act) into the National Environmental Policy Act process. Each member of our team uses effective skills in project management, agency coordination and consultation, public involvement, and problem resolution to analyze and coordinate complex, diverse, and controversial projects. Our planners evaluate project alternatives to identify any potential environmental issues, sensitive resources, and public and agency concerns. In addition, they coordinate with outside teams, project proponents, and designers to refine or develop alternatives, when warranted, to avoid significant impacts on the natural, biological, or social environment, and provide input for the selection of the environmentally preferred and fiscally feasible alternative and the ultimate proposed action.

 
Preparation of noise analysis and air quality assessments to comply with mitigation requirements are common components of an Environmental Assessment, particularly when the project is associated with aspects of transportation, such as the railway pictured above.

Preparation of noise analysis and air quality assessments to comply with mitigation requirements are common components of an Environmental Assessment, particularly when the project is associated with aspects of transportation, such as the railway pictured above.

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Papago Park

Phoenix, Arizona

 

Our research assignments include but are not limited to:

 

San Carlos Irrigation Project (SCIP) Facilities Rehabilitation

EcoPlan was awarded a contract by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), through our General Services Administration contract to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Phase 2 rehabilitation of SCIP facilities. The alternative initially preferred by the engineering design team would have adversely affected several federally listed species and other species of concern due to the need to interrupt irrigation releases from Coolidge Dam to the Gila River for extended periods of time during construction. EcoPlan participated in monthly team meetings, collaborated with project engineers, and participated in a project-specific biology working group with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department. A new alternative was developed that greatly minimized the need to interrupt irrigation releases, thus minimizing the potential for environmental impacts on federally listed species.

In accordance with this new alternative, a Preliminary Draft EIS was completed by EcoPlan. Subsequently, the BOR determined that an Environmental Assessment (EA) was appropriate. EcoPlan prepared the draft and final EA and a Finding of No Significant Impact was signed by the BOR in August 2017.

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San Carlos Irrigation Project

Pinal County, Arizona