8Navigating the Changing NEPA Landscape

Recent administrative directives concerning National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance will change the way federal agencies process environmental reviews. These include:

Executive Order (EO) 13807, "Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects." States that "processing of environmental reviews and authorization decisions for new major infrastructure projects should be reduced to not more than an average of approximately 2 years."

Secretarial Order 3355, "Streamlining National Environmental Policy Act Reviews and Implementation of Executive Order 13807." Sets page limits for environmental impact statements (EIS) (300 pages for complex projects, excluding appendices) and sets more ambitious goals for timelines (1 year for a Final EIS), for which a Department of the Interior bureau is the lead agency.

Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) initial list of actions it will take to comply with EO 13807. Includes new guidance on establishing, applying, and revising Categorical Exclusions under NEPA; improving the process for preparing efficient and timely environmental reviews under NEPA; improving appropriate use of mitigation, monitoring, and mitigated Findings of No Significant Impact; and issuing additional guidance to agency heads as the CEQ may deem necessary to simplify and accelerate the NEPA process for infrastructure projects.

Although currently focused on infrastructure projects, similar directives may be issued that apply to other project types. The aim of these directives is to streamline the NEPA process to obtain more efficient and effective federal infrastructure decisions, avoiding time-consuming and costly delays. Agencies are currently developing direction and guidance to meet these new directives.

To comply with EO 13807 and NEPA and other environmental regulations, we anticipate that federal agencies may rely on "pre-NEPA" processes – prior to initiating the formal NEPA process – to:

• Develop preliminary purpose and need statements and project goals
• Conduct more detailed project alternatives analyses
• Identify environmental constraints
• Conduct data collection and preliminary analyses

Implementation of these new directives will take some time, and what they mean for projects will continue to evolve.

How do these processes differ from NEPA compliance in the past 10 years? What can be done now to ensure an expedited environmental review process for my time-sensitive project? ERO can guide you through these questions and assist in developing and executing a work plan. Please contact your ERO Project Manager for additional information about streamlining NEPA and pre-NEPA services. Click here for our staff contacts, or email ERO.

News
10Trust for Public Land - Willow Bay Property added to the South Platte River Trail

July 17, 2017: Adams County Parks & Open Space and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) announced the acquisition of 174-acre Willow Bay property located adjacent to the South Platte River, making a 110-acre lake a new public open space amenity in Adams County. ERO assisted TPL and Adams County with due diligence as part of the process to secure funding for the conservation project.  ERO completed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Mineral Assessment, and Baseline Inventory for the property, and facilitated coordination between stakeholders to help ensure the success of the project. In the past five years, ERO has completed numerous similar open space projects on behalf of TPL and its partners.

Photo courtesy of JoAnn Clark.

Complete announcement and additional information about this project on Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) site: http://www.goco.org/news/174-acre-property-added-south-platte-river-trail 

About The Trust for Public Land: The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.  Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year.  To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit www.tpl.org.

About Adams County: With rich traditions and history, Adams County offers the best of suburban and rural life – vibrant cities, quiet towns, and miles of recreation. Located in the Denver metro area, Adams is the state’s 5th largest county serving a population of nearly 500,000 residents. Adams County is home to the cities of Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton; portions of Arvada, Aurora, and Westminster; and the town of Bennett. Unincorporated communities include Henderson, Strasburg, and Watkins. Stay up to date on the latest county news and information on adcogov.org, Facebook, and Twitter.

About Great Outdoors Colorado: Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,900 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit GOCO.org for more information. 

 

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20Meet ERO's New Ecologists

ERO is proud to announce the addition of two new Ecologists to our team in the month of May.
Heidi Gerstung and Nolan Hahn.

 

  Heidi has more more than eight years of experience in natural resources, with a focus on wetlands and aquatic biology.  Her broad range of expertise includes wetland delineations, vegetation mapping, habitat evaluations, threatened and endangered species surveys, raptor monitoring, aquatic bioassessments, macroinvertebrate surveys, periphyton and water quality sampling, and geomorphic assessments.  Heidi has worked in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, public health, municipal and commercial development, conservation and open space planning, flood recovery, and mining. 
   
   Nolan has more than five years of experience in wetland delineations, stormwater management, invasive plant management, and ecological surveys. He has experience with water and soil sampling and analysis, and a broad background in ecological resource management. Nolan is proficient in ESA compliance, NEPA documentation, and environmental permitting. He has worked on a variety of projects including large-scale transportation corridor surveys, bridge and road construction, combined sewer overflow capture, and riparian restoration.

 

 

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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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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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90Corps 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.

News
100ASTM 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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1002018 Calendar
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150Job Postings - April 2018

ERO does not have any job openings at this time.

Due to recent hiring, we do not anticipate offering paid internships this summer.

Please check back for future opportunities!

Employment with ERO
200Regional Stream Stewardship & Recovery Handbook
The Regional Stream Stewardship & Recovery Handbook (Handbook) provides guidance on restoring streams damaged during the 2013 flood and other events. The focus of the Handbook is to provide informative descriptions of stream systems and the best methods to sustainably restore them written in a clear and concise manner for landowners and other interested parties.  

As part of a team of stream restoration experts, ERO contributed to the providing descriptions of the vegetation communities and wildlife habitat within and surrounding these stream and providing information on the types of permits that may be required to restore the stream systems.

The handbook is available on the Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group's web site: https://lwog.org/programs/stewardship/

News
210Sterling 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.

Awards
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!

Awards
2502015 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.

Awards
270CASFM 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
280ERO 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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3002017 Sponsorships & Events
 ERO is pleased to sponsor the 28th Annual South Platte Forum!
October 25-26 - Loveland, Colorado
 
   
ERO is proud to continue to support The Greenway 
Foundation
 through their 2017 Reception on the River!
 
 
   
ERO is partnering with The City of Colorado Springs to help celebrate
20 years of stewardship of trails, open space and parks throughout the city.
Congratulations Trails, Open Space, and Parks! (TOPS)

 
   
 ERO continued its support of the Colorado Water Trust's 
Annual RiverBank event through silent 
auction donations for their celebration on June 14th, 2017.
 
 
 
 
   
ERO is proud to sponsor COPARC's 2017 Joint Meeting with Southwest PARC!
Denver, June 1-4.

 
   
ERO staff attended the Central Rockies chapter of the
Society for Ecological Restoration and
High Altitude Revegetation
Biennial Conference
.

Fort Collins, CO - March 7-9th. 

 

 
2017 Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention.
Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, January 25-27.
 
 
 
ERO was proud to be a Legislative Sponsor of
Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals
2016 EnviroFest 
October 20, 2016 in Denver, CO.  
 
 
 
ERO was 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

 

Sponsorships & Upcoming Conferences
320Past 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.

Sponsorships & Upcoming Conferences
340RMLUI Western Places/Western Spaces: Disruption, Innovation, and Progress

RMLUI Western Places/Western Spaces: Disruption, Innovation, and Progress
University of Denver
Denver, CO  
March 8 & 9, 2018

www.law.du.edu/rmlui 

For the 2018 Western Places/Western Spaces land use conference, the theme is disruption and how we can plan for an uncertain future full of unknown changes to business practices, new technologies, and disasters. Highlights of this year’s program include a keynote by Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix; and plenary lunch talks by Colorado’s Governor Hickenlooper and Vance Brown, CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center. AICP, CLE, and CRE continuing education credits are available. Visit our event website to learn more about the conference, download a program, and to register. Register three people and save $100! Registration closes March 2!


Community Involvement
355ERO and Muller team up to support The Action Center in Jefferson County

ERO joined Muller Engineering in a little friendly competition to see which company could donate the most items to help supply The Action Center in Jefferson County with critical needs through this holiday season!

Both companies collected items donated by staff and delivered them together to The Action Center on Friday, December 8th their Food/Coat/Toy Drive. Everyone was a winner*!  We estimate that our combined donations totaled close to $2,000 worth of toys, jackets, and food. Thanks to ERO and Muller staff for helping make such an impact!!

For more information on The Action Center and donation opportunities, please check out their web site:   http://theactioncenterco.org/ways-to-donate/in-kind/

 

(*PS - ERO beat Muller, so really ERO and The Action Center were winners this time. If Muller wants a rematch, ERO is willing and ready in 2018!)
Community Involvement
400Urban Water Cycle Tour - Cherry Creek

The Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA) hosted an Urban Water Bike Tour along Cherry Creek on Friday, June 23rd. 

Participants biked along Cherry Creek, through the morning mist and chilly weather, while learning about the work that has gone into the protection and restoration of Cherry Creek, ecosystems along the corridor, the innovative ways Cherry Creek has become a welcoming amenity, the benefits of protecting water quality, and how local entities within the watershed help promote water quality.  

ERO's very own ecologist, Jenelle Kreutzer, talked about the area's ecology during the Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park portion.  

A delicious lunch was sponsored by Stormwater Permittees for Local Awareness of Stream Health (SPLASH) at the 17 Mile House Farm Park!

Big thanks to all the organizers, sponsors and speakers for making this such an interesting, educational and fun bike tour! Pictured left to right: Lanae Raymond-SEMSWA, Jim Wulliman-Muller Engineering, Stephanie Piko, SEMSWA Board Member/Water Quality Chair/Mayor Pro Tem, Centennial, CO, Shannon Carter-Arapahoe County, Rich Borchardt-Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Jenelle Kreutzer-ERO Resources, Brad Cox-SEMSA, and Amy Conklin, Event Coordinator.

Community Involvement
450"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
4602014 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
470Colorado 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
480Colorado 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.

Community Involvement
5002017 Calendar
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800Environmental Consulting Services

ERO is classified as a small business under NAICS code 541620/Environmental Consulting Services. Please contact Rae Frederick 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.

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GSA e-Library Contractor Information

Small Business Designation
2000CASFM'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