ERO works closely with federal and state agencies and nonfederal project proponents to navigate the NEPA process and complete responsive, well-supported, and legally defensible compliance documents, including environmental impact statements, environmental assessments, and categorical exclusions. Our clients rely on our experience and expertise to provide a straightforward approach to completing the required level of NEPA compliance and associated permitting. Our goals are to support project proponents, agencies, and partners throughout the process as efficiently as possible and to find creative “no action” solutions that eliminate the need for NEPA documentation whenever possible.
Areas of Expertise
Scoping 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.
Project purpose and need and alternatives development
Biological resource assessment
Other environmental resources
ERO has a long-standing relationship with on-call paleontological experts to team with us to perform paleontological surveys, construction monitoring, and fossil mitigation services including excavation, preparation, and curation of fossil specimens, as well as paleontological resource mitigation/treatment plans when necessary. These services include submeter Global Positioning System (GPS) technology capabilities, combined with our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team, to provide accurate resource locations for better resource management and long-term planning. Also included in these services is phased planning of projects that allows cost and scheduling flexibility to our clients.
NEPA Services Leads
Aleta has worked for ERO since 1994 and has experience in National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and Clean Water Act compliance. Her project experience includes highway reconstruction permitting, reservoir reoperation, water supply systems, oil and gas exploration and extraction, and mining operations. In addition to federal and state planning and permitting, Aleta has experience in local and municipal issues such as open space resource planning and management, watershed management and permitting, and County 1041 programs. In 2007, Aleta successfully established ERO’s Western Slope office in Hotchkiss, Colorado, and was elected President of ERO in 2012.
Nicole is a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) specialist and has experience in environmental consulting, hazardous materials management, and emergency response. Since 1997, she has prepared environmental documentation and coordinated activities under NEPA for multiple federal, state, and local agencies. Nicole has led NEPA projects from start to finish; performing NEPA compliance for a variety of projects such as water infrastructure, mining, transportation, and natural resource management. Her training and experience also includes public involvement and meeting facilitation, and she has prepared transportation and visitor use plans and transportation master plans for federal, state, and local agencies. In addition, Nicole has managed cleanups at superfund sites and performed hazardous materials compliance activities.