ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING & Monitoring

LWS personnel have assisted numerous water supply entities with federal permitting under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, acting as the Project Liaison between the lead permitting agency and the project proponent. This work has included coordinating environmental aspects, and providing acceptable solutions, in the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Permitting expertise includes: 1) State water rights and storage permits; 2) Bureau of Land Management right-of-way permits; 3) U.S. Forest Service Special Use permits; 4) Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permits; 5) Class I, II, and III cultural resource clearances; and 6) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permits

Environmental water quality issues can result from natural and/or anthropogenic sources and can affect both surface water and ground water resources.  For environmental issues related to impacts to water resources, LWS can develop plans to identify the location and quantify the extent of contaminants, as needed for determining fate and transport.  Developing water quality monitoring data is vital to evaluate impacts to surface and ground water supplies and to develop the methods to mitigate impacts.  LWS can then use data collected from the identification of the depth and breadth of the issue(s) to assess remediation strategies.    LWS' 3-dimensional visualizations of the data help to better understand complex water quality issues in heterogeneous ground water systems.

Mr. O'Grady, of the LWS team, has decades of experience in providing consulting services related to environmental permitting water supply dams, reservoirs, and diversion structures, including: