NEPA Case Law Update

September 5, 2019

P.E. Hudson, Esq., Dep't of the Navy, Office of General Counsel
Michael Smith, Senior Environmental Practice Leader, GEI Consultants 

Fed R. Wagner, Venable LLP

The National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) hosted the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Case Law Update webinar on Thursday, September 5, 2019.

This webinar reviewed substantive National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) cases issued by United States Courts of Appeals in 2018. The implications of the decisions and relevance to NEPA practitioners were explained.

Please continue to stay informed on this important topic with the recording and presentation materials from the webinar. 

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Coastal Restoration and Resilience

May 28, 2020

Amanda Bassow
Bridget Callahan Lussier
Lisa McDonald

Mike Mayer

The webinar will provide insight into coastal restoration and resiliency planning, ecological and socioeconomic considerations, and effective monitoring to measure success. Case studies will be described to illustrate approaches, challenges, and successes.  

Ms. Lussier will provide an overview of approaches to strengthen coastal resilience using natural infrastructure, with an emphasis on techniques appropriate for the Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean. The nature-based approaches absorb shock from climate and weather threats while providing benefits for fish and wildlife. Examples will include living shorelines, mangrove, coral reef, salt marsh, oyster reef, dune, and other coastal habitat restoration projects that increase coastal resilience.

Ms. Bassow will discuss how the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is applying lessons learned from the Sandy program to its resilience grantmaking nation-wide. She will focus on the recommendations coming out of an initial evaluation of the Sandy program, as well as the status of on-going monitoring to track a core set of ecological and socio-economic metrics.

View the presentation materials from our speakers below

Amanda Bassow Presentation Bridget Callahan Lussier Presentation Lisa McDonald Presentation

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Environmental Compliance for Emergency Actions

December 4, 2019

Aaron O. Allen, Ph.D, Chief North Coast Branch, Regulatory Division
Veronica Bryant, REHS
Jason Needham, P.E. 
Lorna C. Withrow, P.E.

Laura ThorneBS, PMP Performance Improvement Specialist

This presentation will explore recent issues with emergency preparedness across the country as well as some underlying science regarding risk avoidance. Case studies will include how the North Carolina Environmental Health Section was able to react and assess issues after the World Equestrian Games, Hurricane Florence, and Hurricane Michael as well as the Los Angeles District's efforts dealing with issues resulting from wildfires in California. The discussion will include assessment of food service areas after flooding, lack of water and boil water notices in permit establishments. There will also be a discussion of the assessment of North Carolina’s response and what will be done moving forward and how the Los Angeles district handled emergency permitting after the Thomas Fire in the vicinity of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, CA. Tune in to learn how you can incorporate some of these processes and real-life examples into your emergency preparedness plans.  

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Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act

March 3, 2020

Ted Boling,Associate Director for NEPA, Council on Environmental Quality
Sharon Buccino, Senior Director, Lands, Nature Program
Nick Goldstein, Assistant General Counsel, American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)

Chuck Nicholson, Senior Environmental Scientist/Planner

On January 9, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking titled “Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act.” For the first time since CEQ promulgated its regulations over 40 years ago, CEQ is proposing to comprehensively update its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations.CEQ proposes to modernize and clarify the CEQ regulations to facilitate more efficient, effective, and timely NEPA reviews by simplifying and clarifying regulatory requirements, incorporating key elements of the One Federal Decision policy, codifying certain case law and CEQ guidance, updating the regulations to reflect current technologies and agency practices, eliminating obsolete provisions, and improving the format and readability of the regulations. The proposed rule seeks to reduce unnecessary paperwork and delays and to promote better decision-making consistent with NEPA’s statutory requirements. 

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Improving the NEPA Process through Project Management Best Practices

November 1, 2018

Laura J. Thorne, BS
Kaitlin McCormick, MBA

Shannon Stewart
, NAEP Board Members & Education Committee Chair, Los Angeles, CA

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is arguably one of the most important and broad-reaching Federal policies and there is a lot of pressure on practitioners to get it right. The issues that arise in complying with the NEPA regulations are many and may vary based on the size, scope, and location of a project. This training focuses on the benefits of applying traditional project management fundamentals to reduce or eliminate problems and increase efficiency in carrying out the NEPA process. By the end of this training, you should be able to identify areas of opportunities to utilize project management best practices and make a plan to implement those improvements. 

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