The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires evaluation and public disclosure of the effects of proposed federal actions on the natural and human environment. ERO works closely with both federal agencies and nonfederal project proponents to navigate the NEPA process and complete high-quality, well-supported, and legally defensible compliance documents. Our clients have come to rely on our experience and expertise to provide a straightforward approach to completing the required level of NEPA compliance and associated permitting. Our goal is to support project proponents, agencies, and partners throughout the process as efficiently as possible. We also have been successful in finding creative “no action” solutions that eliminate the need for NEPA.
01Scoping and public involvement
ERO plans and implements effective public involvement strategies, including public meetings, stakeholder outreach, and written materials (e.g., websites and newsletters). We use customized databases to efficiently manage and respond to public comments.
02Project purpose and need and alternatives development
We help define a purpose and need that focuses project objectives and clearly addresses the project need. ERO also helps our clients identify a viable and sufficient range of project alternatives for accomplishing project objectives.
03Biological resource assessment
ERO’s expertise in biological resource assessment and permitting (e.g., vegetation, noxious weeds, wetlands, wildlife, and threatened and endangered species) is often a core element of NEPA compliance and documentation. More details are available on our Biological Resources page.
04Cultural resources
Federal projects require compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. ERO’s archaeologists are qualified to complete the necessary surveys and consultations, and provide expertise integrating these issues into NEPA compliance and documentation. For more information visit our Cultural Resources page.
05Water resources
ERO’s hydrologists and geologists are well versed in water rights, surface water, ground water, and water quality analyses. We provide expertise in evaluating impacts on streams, lakes, floodplains, and aquifers. Additional information regarding our hydrology-related areas of expertise and experience is available in our Water Resources section.
06Other environmental resources
To meet NEPA requirements, ERO provides expertise in evaluating recreation, socioeconomics, environmental justice, geology, soils, climate change, and other environmental resources specific to project needs. In addition, we address hazardous material concerns, including site assessments and remediation as described on our Environmental Due Diligence page.
07Cumulative impacts
Increasingly important is the need to thoroughly consider the cumulative effects of the proposed action in combination with past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions. ERO has considerable experience conducting reasonable and effective cumulative impact evaluations to ensure all potential effects are disclosed.