Lux Environmental Consulting assisted the Elkhorn Slough Foundation with the CEQA and regulatory compliance processes necessary to construct a submerged tidal barrier at the mouth of Parsons Slough in the Elkhorn National Estuarine Research Reserve. The project will dramatically reduce the tidal prism and ongoing scour in Parsons Slough, which is intended to attenuate the loss of salt marsh habitat in the larger Elkhorn Slough Complex. Lux Environmental Consulting assisted in the management and preparation of an Initial Study (IS) for the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and successfully prepared the permit applications to support compliance with Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA); the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA); the California Coastal Act and Federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA); and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary permitting requirements. The Elkhorn Slough Foundation began construction on the Parsons Slough Sill Project in December 2010.
Lux Environmental Consulting assisted the Alaska Electric & Energy Cooperative in preparing a NEPA Environmental Report (ER) for a proposed power generation project on the central Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Our team managed the NEPA compliance process, served as the primary author for the analysis presented in the document, and coordinated production with the Federal lead agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Lux Environmental Consulting also prepared the CWA Section 404 permit application, and facilitated preparation of the letters of concurrence for compliance with the ESA and MMPA. The ER review process is anticipated to be complete in the spring of 2011.
Lux Environmental Consulting was responsible for preparing the permit applications necessary to authorize implementation of a tidal marsh enhancement project aimed at improving drainage and tidal circulation in hydrologically isolated portions of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The project, which was constructed in the winter of 2009, resulted in the enhancement of over 60 acres of habitat for federally-listed salt marsh harvest mouse and California clapper rail, and required authorization under CWA Sections 404 and 401, the ESA, and the CZMA.
Lux Environmental Consulting assisted the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) in preparing a NEPA Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) evaluating the proposed extension of recycled water distribution pipelines within the City of Dublin. Lux Environmental Consulting worked closely with Reclamation and DSRSD to identify cost effective strategies for tiering some of the environmental analysis off of an existing programmatic CEQA Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EA was submitted to Reclamation for review in January 2011.
Lux Environmental Consulting prepared all of the permit applications necessary for construction of an expanded wastewater treatment facility servicing the City of Oakley, Bethel Island, and unincorporated areas in eastern Contra Costa County, California, including construction of a discharge pipeline and outfall in the San Joaquin River. The project required authorization under Sections 404 and 401 of the CWA; Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (RHA); the ESA, the California Fish and Game Code, and U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
Lux Environmental Consulting assisted with the preparation of a NEPA Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) covering the coastal management responsibilities of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The EIS assessment included an evaluation of the potential effects of management of five western snowy plover nesting areas on socioeconomics and public recreational use along the Oregon coastline. The EIS decision documents were issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in December 2010, with implementation of the HCP anticipated for the spring of 2011.