30New Corps/SHPO Guidelines for 404 Permits and Section 106 Compliance
March 8, 2017

As many of you have become increasingly aware, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Denver Regulatory Office (Corps) began requesting exploratory shovel testing in permit areas in addition to the standard pedestrian survey. The purpose of exploratory testing, or shovel testing, is to identify potential buried archaeological sites that cannot be identified on the surface. Unfortunately for some of our clients, these requests began after the standard pedestrian survey had occurred and the report was submitted for consultation. 

Why the change?
This change in survey methods has come about as a result of the Corps consulting with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) during Section 106 compliance reviews. The SHPO now recognizes the potential for buried archaeological sites within permit areas that contain "sediments conducive to containing buried cultural resources." These sediments are often referred to as "Piney Creek" alluvium from studies conducted in the 1950s.

ERO understands this methodological shift originated for two reasons: first, recent turnover in personnel at the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation has resulted in the use of methods typically applied to the eastern U.S. where exploratory testing is commonplace. The second reason is regulatory. The Corps interprets Section 106 through Appendix C of 36 CFR 325 instead of through the National Historic Preservation Act's implementing regulations (36 CFR Part 800). Despite interagency litigation at the Washington D.C. level between the Corps and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (SHPO's federal regulatory arm), there has been no resolution on this issue. 

To avoid conflict, the Corps has increasingly agreed with SHPO requests to 1) consider an area of potential effect (APE) that includes uplands and not just within areas of Corps' jurisdiction (waters of the U.S.), and 2) conduct exploratory testing (i.e., the vertical APE) on landforms conducive to containing buried cultural deposits. While the SHPO has not formalized this new guidance in their Survey Handbook, ERO understands that the handbook is actively being revised to include exploratory testing as part of the "reasonable and good faith effort" to identify historic properties within an APE.
 
What does this mean for your 404 permit projects and what steps is ERO taking?
404 permit applicants can expect requests from the Corps to conduct exploratory testing following their consultation with the SHPO. If the additional work is not implemented as part of the pedestrian survey and reported concurrently, this request typically results in an additional round of consultation between the two agencies and potentially delays your project another 60 days. To stay ahead of the issue, ERO has been addressing the issue by:

1. Conducting a preliminary geomorphic desktop analysis of a project area using data and our experience and expertise to eliminate landforms that would not require exploratory testing. Clients can use this information during project planning to decrease costs associated with exploratory testing and reduce the potential for constraints if exploratory testing results in positive results for subsurface archaeological deposits. 

2. Coordinating early with the Corps and our clients to identify areas that will be permitted and conducting exploratory testing prior to Section 404 permitting submittals. A proactive approach allows ERO and our clients to identify and plan around constraints, reducing the time it takes for the Corps and SHPO to conclude consultation. 

What happens if an archaeological site is found during exploratory testing?
It is not uncommon for buried archaeological sites to be found during exploratory testing. Buried archaeological sites are typically found to be significant because of their potential to provide information important to interpreting prehistory and, therefore, require avoidance. If avoidance is not feasible, archaeological treatment may need to occur, which can significantly delay the start of a project. The earlier that buried archaeological sites are identified, the easier it is to avoid or minimize effects through project redesign and to resolve adverse effects if the site cannot be avoided.

Summary
Requests for exploratory testing certainly add another layer of complexity to 404 permits and Section 106 compliance. Being proactive can greatly reduce the potential for project delays due to additional rounds of consultation. Early identification of potentially significant buried archaeological sites allows for early project redesign before permit submittal to the Corps. 

ERO looks forward to helping you navigate these new procedures. Please feel free to contact your ERO project manager or ERO's cultural resource manager, Sean Larmore, with any questions via email or 970-422-2136. 

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50Cultural Resources Laboratory Manager – Denver

April 7, 2017 -

The Cultural Resources Laboratory Manager would primarily support archaeological excavations and large-scale inventory projects.  The laboratory manager is responsible for planning, performing, and directing all activities associated with artifact collections and supporting documentation.  The position requires working closely with project managers to ensure the successful transfer and management of archaeological collections and documentation. 

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Organizing and processing artifacts and documentation 
• Performing documentation quality control reviews 
• Analyzing and cataloging artifacts
• Photographing artifacts 
• Preparing artifacts and documentation for curation 
• Preparing artifacts and samples for specialized analysis 
• Performing database entry and database management
• Completing and reviewing state site forms
• Writing reports 
• Performing other duties as assigned

Skills and Abilities
Strong writing skills and prior excavation experience is preferred.  The successful candidate should possess knowledge of a broad range of historic and prehistoric artifact types, Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation site forms, curation standards, and database applications (e.g., Microsoft Access and PastPerfect).  The position may have opportunities for archaeological fieldwork.
 
The successful candidate must possess:
• A minimum of 5 years’ experience working with archaeological collections
• A B.A. in anthropology with an emphasis toward archaeology and demonstrable experience in collections and digital data management; preference will be given to candidates with an M.A. in archaeology
• Strong organizational skills and ability to complete multiple tasks simultaneously with meticulous attention to detail
• Strong written and verbal communication skills

Job Type:
Full-time position with benefits.  Compensation is commensurate with experience.  Benefits include medical and dental insurance, a 401K plan, and generous paid time off.

If you are qualified for this position in ERO’s Denver office, please email a cover letter and resume describing your education and experience to opportunities by April 21, 2017.  PDF format is preferred.  No phone inquiries please; you will receive an email notifying you that ERO has received your cover letter and resume.

Only potential candidates will be contacted for interviews.  Applicants selected for interviews will be asked to provide at least three references.  Successful candidates may be required to submit to a drug test and background check after the interview process is complete.

ERO participates in e-verify and pre-employment background screening services.  ERO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans to apply.
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51Nicole Bauman joining ERO's Board of Directors
ERO Resources is pleased to announce Nicole Bauman is joining the Board of Directors as a shareholder in the Denver-based environmental consulting firm. Nicole has been with ERO for more than five years and is one of the firm's top National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) specialists. “I feel privileged to be joining ERO’s Board.  I love the company that the original owners created. The integrity, character, and work environment I’ve experienced at ERO are far above and beyond the typical consulting firm,” says Nicole.  As a NEPA specialist with experience since 1998 in environmental consulting, hazardous materials management, and emergency response, Nicole manages NEPA projects, prepares environmental documentation, and coordinates activities for numerous federal and state agencies. 



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52Seasonal Archaeologist positions - Denver, CO

April 2017 -
ERO Resources Corporation, an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Denver, is seeking an archaeologist with survey, excavation, and Colorado site form experience. 

ERO’s cultural resource group is currently conducting surveys for multiple projects of various sizes in the Denver area, and is need of an archaeologist to assist with completing surveys and Colorado OAHP site documentation forms.  The position would primarily require assistance with pedestrian survey and shovel testing.  Other responsibilities may also include work in the office to complete OAHP site forms or assistance on larger excavation projects.  Work will be available on a project to project basis and may be inconsistent.  

Since all of ERO’s projects are currently local to ERO’s Denver office, no lodging or per diem is offered.  The position is seasonal and hourly, with the potential for a minimum of 15 hours a week or overtime.  Hourly wages will be commensurate with experience.  Successful candidates will have an opportunity for continuing employment throughout the year based on ERO’s workload and the candidate’s performance.  Interested applicants must be able to work full days of physically demanding duties and understand that winter working conditions may be in effect.   

If you are qualified for this position based out of ERO’s Denver office, please email a cover letter and resume describing your education and experience, to Opportunities.  PDF format preferred.  No phone inquiries please; you will receive an email notifying you that ERO has received your application.  Only potential candidates will be contacted for interviews. 

ERO participates in e-verify and pre-employment background screening services.  ERO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans to apply.

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55Corps and EPA Final Rule Defining Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act
June 29, 2015
Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency jointly published in the Federal Register a final rule defining the phrase “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The rule will go into effect in 60 days.

The final rule will affect the scope of the EPA’s and Corps’ jurisdiction under Section 404 of the CWA. It is particularly likely to affect the jurisdictional status of ephemeral and intermittent tributaries that will become jurisdictional by rule and ditches.

What Will Likely Happen?

At this time, it is not known how the agencies will interpret the final rule; however, as written, it is likely to expand the agencies’ geographic scope of jurisdiction under Section 404 of the CWA when compared with how the agencies currently determine the geographic scope of their Section 404 jurisdiction. The Corps has indicated they will not issue any approved jurisdictional determinations until the rule goes into effect at the end of August. Those holding previously approved jurisdictional determinations that reached a conclusion that a water or wetland was nonjurisdictional based on isolation or lack of a significant nexus should carefully evaluate the likelihood of being able to receive an extension of the approved jurisdictional determination under the new rule. Project proponents should consider implementing their projects prior to the termination of their approved jurisdictional determination if the wetland or water previously determined nonjurisdictional is likely to be determined jurisdictional under the new rule.

Related Links 

ERO's complete detailed summary
• Link to EPA’s final rule: www2.epa.gov/cleanwaterrule
• Federal Registry June 29, 2015: Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States"
EPA’s report on connectivity of waters that was the basis for the final rule

Please feel free to contact Steve Dougherty, Moneka Worah, Steve Butler or your ERO project manager if you have any questions.

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59Clean Water Act – Approved Jurisdictional Determinations and Nationwide Permit Renewal - Update
On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously concluded that an approved jurisdictional determination (JD) issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) under the Clean Water Act is a final agency action that is judicially reviewable under the Administrative Procedure Act.  Simply put, approved JDs can now be appealed in court.  The extent to which this may open the door for third parties opposing a project to file a lawsuit regarding a Corps-approved JD is yet to be clarified.  We anticipate that with the potential for challenge, the Corps will likely require more information from applicants requesting approved JDs to defend their decision in court.  Consequently, approved JDs will likely take more time to be issued by the Corps, will cost more because of the additional information, yet will have less certainty because of the potential for appeal.  

The Corps will likely issue guidance on this decision and ERO will inform our Clients on any new guidance when it has been issued.  

The Clean Water Act Section 404 Nationwide Permits (NWPs) expire on March 18, 2017 and the Corps released the draft proposal to reissue and modify the NWPs.  ERO will be reviewing and providing comments on the proposal and will notify our Clients if any modifications are likely to affect them.  

Related Links 
U.S. Supreme Court Approved Jurisdictional Determinations Decision 
Proposed Reissue and Modifications to Nationwide Permits 
Summary of Proposed 2017 Nationwide Permits

Please feel free to contact Steve Dougherty, Moneka Worah, or your ERO project manager if you have any questions. 

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80Peaks to Plains Trail - GOCO Grant

October 12, 2016

ERO is proud to be part of the team that has been studying trail alignments for the Clear Creek Canyon mouth segment of the Peaks to Plains (P2P) Trail. ERO scientists completed natural and cultural resource assessments for the master plan, as well as Ute ladies’-tresses orchid and Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse surveys. In addition, ERO also assisted Jefferson County with completing an environmental checklist as part of the successful GOCO grant application.

The vision for the Peaks to Plains Trail is a 65-mile off-highway opportunity to travel from the Continental Divide at the Eisenhower Tunnel to the confluence of the South Platte River in Adams County.

More details about the P2P Trail and GOCO grant here:


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97CASFM's "Colorado's Best of 2016"!

At the Colorado Associations of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers' recent annual conference, ERO was honored to receive, along with Shannon & Wilson, Inc., The City of Aurora, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc., and Studio CPGCASFM's Colorado's Best of 2016: "Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement" for our work on the Lower Westerly Creek Flood Control Improvements. 

Congratulations team! 

Awards
982015 Grand Award for Engineering Excellence

ERO is extremely proud to be part of the team that received CASFM's 2015 Grand Award for Engineering Excellence for the Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park Project. 

Team members include:

ECI Site Construction
Naranjo Civil Constructors
Muller Engineering
Valerian
The Restoration Group
Arapahoe County Open Spaces
Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority
Urban Drainage and Flood Control District
Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority
Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners
Parker Jordan Metropolitan District

"The 2015 CASFM Engineering Excellence Award winning project was the Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park project! The project stakeholders included: Arapahoe County Open Space, Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority, Muller Engineering Company, ERO Resources, and Valerian.

Eco Park is a 75 acre open space located along a 5,100- foot reach of Cherry Creek upstream of Cherry Creek Reservoir in Centennial, Colorado. Urbanization and the resulting increase in storm runoff took a toll on the area’s natural systems, leading to stream erosion, loss of vegetation, degraded water quality, and infrastructure damage. 

To correct these issues, the project partners embarked on a multi-phase project to address these issues and to turn the park back into its natural setting that illustrates the different ecosystems working together to create habitat for animals as well as a system of pathways and opportunities for human recreation. The project was completed in the spring of 2014, and the overall cost was $5,025,000. In the end, this project is evidence that preserving drainageways within urban settings and complementing them with educational and recreational facilities provides value to both the public and surrounding environment.” - CASFM web site. Click on Awards and 2015 Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park.

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100Sterling Ranch Receives National Cultural Award
ERO is extremely proud to be part of the Sterling Ranch development team and process. We congratulate everyone involved who took the extra steps to ensure the preservation of the rich prehistoric, historic and environmental qualities of the site. Click for complete press release.

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220ERO honored by COSA for 15 years of continuous support


ERO was very honored to be recognized at Colorado Open Space Alliance’s 2014 Conference, held in Vail, CO, Sept. 15-17, for our continuous sponsorship of their annual event. ERO’s been sponsoring this event since its inception in 1999, and ERO Principal and Natural Resource Planner, Bill Mangle, was presented with John Fielder’s beautiful book Colorado’s Great Outdoors:  Celebrating 20 Years of Lottery-Funded Lands in recognition of our continued support. Thanks COSA!

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2502017 Sponsorships & Events
ERO staff are currently attending the Central Rockies chapter of the
Society for Ecological Restoration and
High Altitude Revegetation
Biennial Conference
.

Fort Collins, CO - March 7-9th. 

 
ERO staff will be attending UDFCD's 2017 Annual Seminar
April 4th in Broomfield, CO.
Registration details at http://www.planetreg.com/UDFCDAnnualSeminar2017 

 
2017 Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention.
Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, January 25-27.
 
 
ERO continues its support of the
Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners
by sponsoring their 2016 Annual Conference Sponsorship on November 2.
Details at: www.cherry-creek.org

 
 
ERO is proud to be a Legislative Sponsor of
Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals
2016 EnviroFest 
October 20, 2016 in Denver, CO.  
 
 
ERO is proud to be a Silver sponsor of COSA's 17th annual conference.
Rocky Mountain Park Inn, Estes Park, September 12-14, 2016. 
Details and agenda for the event on their web
site:
  www.coloradoopenspace.org
 
 
ERO was excited to be a part of CASFM's 27th Annual
Conference
in Crested Butte, September 13-16, 2015.
Our staff had a blast sponsoring their annual Happy Hour!
 
 
ERO is sponsoring CoNPS' Annual Conference
40 Years of Change: Plants, People, Places.
September 24, 2016, at CU Boulder.


ERO is proud to continue to support The Greenway
Foundation
through their annual Reception on the River!

 
 
 
In addition to continuing our annual sponsorship of 
POND's networking event in conjunction with the CWC's Annual Convention,
ERO was proud to sponsor the CWC's Tequila Sunrise Yoga during their Summer Convention in Steamboat Springs, August 23-26, 2016. 
 
 
 Happy 15th Birthday to CWT!
ERO continued its support of the Colorado Water Trust's
Annual RiverBank event through silent
auction donations for their celebration on June 14th.

 

ERO Sponsorships & Upcoming Conferences
301Past Sponsorships
 

ERO is proud to sponsor CASFM's 25th Annual Conference - to be held at the Vail Cascade Conference Center in Vail, Colorado, Oct. 1-3, 2014. 
 

For the first year, ERO is helping to sponsor the Colorado Watershed Assembly’s Annual Conference:  2014 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference “Come Hell or High Water!” October 7-9, 2014, in Avon, Colorado.
 

ERO is a proud sponsor of the Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners 2014 Annual Conference on November 5. 
 

Colorado Native Plant Society's 2014 Annual Meeting - October 3-5, 2014: Northside Aztlan Center, Old Town Ft. Collins, CO. ERO is pleased to help sponsor CoNPS Annual Meeting and 11th Annual Colorado Rare Plant Symposium.
 

ERO was very honored to be recognized at Colorado Open Space Alliance’s 2014 Conference, held in Vail, CO, Sept. 15-17, for our continuous sponsorship of their annual event. ERO’s been sponsoring this event since its inception in 1999, and ERO Principal and Natural Resource Planner, Bill Mangle, was presented with John Fielder’s beautiful book ‘Colorado’s Great Outdoors:  Celebrating 20 Years of Lottery-Funded Lands’ in recognition of our continued support. Thanks COSA!

Celebration of the Conclusion of the Snake River Basin Adjudication

The historic adjudication of surface and ground water rights in Idaho was celebrated with a full-day conference on topics related to the adjudication and water rights in Idaho. That evening, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was the featured keynote speaker at a reception and dinner where he noted “Idaho is the envy of western states.”  There was a ceremonial signing of the final decree.  The conference concluded on Tuesday morning with a water policy panel hosted by Governor Dirk Kempthorne.  One of Idaho’s major accomplishments was the settlement of federal reserved water rights through negotiations.

ERO was pleased to sponsor the Celebration of the Conclusion of the Snake River Basin Adjudication in Boise, Idaho on Monday, August 25, 2014. ERO was instrumental in providing technical support for all of those major settlements, as well as for many state law-based water rights settlements.
 

Colorado Open Lands: ERO is proud to support Colorado Open Lands through a donation for their Cheers for Conservation event, featuring the George E. Cranmer Award, on June 12 at Four Mile Historic Park in Denver.
 

POND Networking Event - Stand By Your Dam - ERO was proud to sponsor the Professionals Outreach, Networking and Development (POND) Committee's Annual Networking event during the 2014 Colorado Water Congress

 

The Greenway Foundation - ERO is proud to be a continuing sponsor of The Greenway Foundation through their annual Reception on the River.
 

Colorado Water Trust - ERO continues its sponsorship of the Colorado Water Trust's 6th Annual RiverBank event. To be held at the McNichols Civic Center Building on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014.

ERO Sponsorships & Upcoming Conferences
490Corps of Engineers/Section 404/Cultural Resources Compliance Update

ERO works closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Denver Regulatory Office of the Omaha District, and has begun to see a shift in how the Corps complies with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and determines the extent of areas requiring evaluation for potential effects on historic properties.  

More Clean Water Act Section 404 permit reviews are resulting in requirements for cultural resource surveys, not only in areas of disturbance directly associated with impacts on waters of the U.S., but also in areas of upland disturbance they consider connected to the overall project purpose.

For example, if drainageway improvements in a new residential development are required as part of the local development approval process, the Corps may consider the drainageway improvements a necessary part of the overall project purpose of constructing a residential development. In that case, the Corps requires that the entire development parcel be evaluated for historic properties, rather than just the area of disturbance associated with the drainageway improvements.

This evolving approach to determining the “permit area” can result in unexpected project costs and delays, particularly if historic properties are present and would be adversely affected by a project.

To address this uncertainty, ERO is assisting our clients by:

  • Performing cultural surveys as part of property acquisition due diligence
  • Participating in project planning and design teams to evaluate alternatives for compliance strategies
  • Coordinating as early as possible with the Corps to determine an appropriate “permit area”
  • Developing impact avoidance and minimization approaches when historic properties are present
  • Frequently communicating with the Corps to track how they are addressing this issue

If you have a project that may be facing this issue or would like additional information, please contact Sean Larmore or Jenelle Kreutzer.

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5002017 Calendar
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9992015 Calendar
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10002014 Calendar
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1800ASTM Updates Phase I ESA Standard

November 6, 2013 - ASTM International has just issued the updated Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) E1527-13 standard for due diligence prior to real property transactions.

In ERO's opinion, the revisions to the E1527 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process are not a radical departure from the previous process and incorporate improvements reflective of the marketplace.

Notable revisions include:

- Updated Recognized Environmental Condition definition;

- New, updated, and clarified terminology for sites with historical contamination;

- Greater emphasis of vapor migration within the Phase I ESA investigation; and

- Agency file review requirements within the Phase I ESA process.

Although the EPA has yet to issue a final ruling that the new standard is compliant with the "All Appropriate Inquiries" regulation, we have been told that this ruling should be issued by the end of the year. ERO is excited about this transition to a new standard and we would be happy to discuss the changes.

Please feel free to contact Jack Denman, ERO Environmental Scientist/Principal, if you have any questions.

ASTM's news release: ASTM E1527-13

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3500Environmental Consulting Services

ERO is classified as a small business under NAICS code 541620/Environmental Consulting Services. Please contact Nora Ruppert or your ERO Project Manager if you have any questions or to let us know how we can help you meet your small business contracting goals.

Additional Information:  

GSA e-Library Contractor Information

Small Business Designation
3900CASFM 2013 Grand Award for Engineering Excellence

ERO was on the Lefthand Creek Flood Control Project team, which recently received the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers’ (CASFM) 2013 Grand Award for Engineering Excellence!









Complete project details are available on CASFM's web site.

Awards
3999ERO named a Bicycle Friendly Business

Denver-based ERO Resources named a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists

November 8, 2013 – It’s simple: Bikes are good for business – and their employees. Bicycles are helping to drive economic development across the country, and they’re creating a more energized, alert, and productive workforce for the companies that have embraced bicycling.

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized ERO Resources Corporation with a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award for leading America toward a more sustainable future.

With the announcement of 91 new BFBs today in 29 states and Washington, D.C., ERO Resources joins a visionary group of more than 600 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.

“Businesses like ERO are leading the way to a healthier and more sustainable future,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “While helping boost the economy in their communities, Bicycle Friendly Businesses are also investing in a happier and more productive workforce.

ERO encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities and perks such as a secure storage area for bikes; on-site shower facilities; and memberships to Denver’s B-Cycle program, a municipal bike sharing system.

One of ERO’s original founders and long-time bike commuter, Steve Dougherty, saw how many folks ride to work and started ERO Bikes and Brews this past summer. The group met Thursdays after work and toured metro Denver by bike, pedaling to new and thirst-quenching brew pubs.

Now, ERO will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to make biking even better at ERO. “When our employees bike, great things happen: decreased carbon footprint, improved fitness, stress reduction, chance to work on your tan, and a fun and healthy work culture. Plus, our parking lot won’t accommodate all our vehicles, so those who commute by bicycle are greatly appreciated!” said Mark DeHaven, ERO Principal and Natural Resource Specialist.

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program

The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business, and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by Trek Bicycle. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA.

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.

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4000"A Tribute to Hobart Smith and David Chiszar and A Journey Across the Southwest"

ERO’s Clint Henke, member of Colorado Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (CO PARC), presented: "A Tribute to Hobart Smith and David Chiszar and A Journey Across the Southwest” at their 3rd Annual Meeting in January, 2015. Clint highlighted Hobart's work in Mexico during the 1930s, as well as provided his first-hand account of traveling with the two scientists to Mexico in 1997, on what would be Hobart’s final trip to Mexico.


CO PARC is an inclusive partnership dedicated to the conservation of herpetofauna–reptiles and amphibians–and their habitats. Its membership comes from all walks of life and includes individuals from state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, museums, pet trade industry, nature centers, zoos, energy industry, universities, herpetological organizations, research laboratories, forest industries, and environmental consultants.

Community Involvement
41002014 ERO Charitable Foundation Grants Awarded

Josh Duncan with MountainChild used funds provided by the ERO Foundation to purchase water quality filters, water quality testing equipment, and training material for use in remote villages in the Himalayas in November 2014.

In December, 2014, Adam Petry volunteered with Conservacion Patagonica to help restore and transform a former sheep farm in Chile's XI Region into a new 650,000 acre Patagonia National Park.

Click here for more information on ERO's Charitable Foundation.

Community Involvement
4200Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists

Sean Larmore is the current president for the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists (CCPA). The CCPA is the professional association in Colorado for private, federal, and academic archaeologists. As president, Sean works with Colorado’s state archaeologist on historic preservation issues; oversees numerous committees such as public education; responds to ethics issues; and serves as point of contact when the CCPA is a consulting party to Section 106 compliance programs. Sean previously served as the CCPA secretary.

ERO's Kevin Gilmore has previously served as president of the CCPA.

Community Involvement
4600Bike to Work Day 2014

ERO staff enjoyed riding into work for Denver’s Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

If you missed us this year, please plan to pedal on over to our office in 2015!

ERO is a recognized bike friendly workplace! We recently received the Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Business award by the League of American Bicyclists.

Community Involvement
4700Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas
ERO is a charter partner of the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas and has made several contributions to the Atlas II Project.  Karen Baud and Ron Beane will be authoring several updated species accounts that will be included in the atlas. Please visit their web site for more information.

Community Involvement
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46000Colorado Renewables and Conservation Collaborative
Several ERO staff volunteered their time to assist the Colorado Renewables and Conservation Collaborative (CRCC) with development of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for wind energy development in Colorado. ERO staff provided professional expertise to the CRCC through participating in meetings, providing resource information, and consulting on specific issues, such as wetland protection. Karen Baud, Wildlife Biologist, prepared the first draft of the Prairie Passerines BMP, and Denise Larson, Ecologist, prepared the first draft of the Rare Plants BMP. The final draft of the BMPs was the result of a collaborative review by CRCC participants. More information on the CRCC and the wind energy BMPs is available here.

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