Resources and Documentation

Resources and Documentation

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Clean Water Act

Clean Water ActThe Clean Water Act (CWA) regulates discharges to surface waters with the overall goal to restore and protect the nation's surface waters. The Act may be implemented either by the EPA or by state agencies.Find out more

Common acronyms of the environmental industry

Common acronyms of the environmental industryCommon acronyms of the environmental industry . ASTM . American Standards for Testing and Materials . BE . Biological Evaluation . BLM . Bureau of Land Management . CAA . Clean Air Act . CatEx or CE . Categorical Exclusion . CERCLA . Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (1980) . CWA . Clean Water Act . DESCO.Find out more

Endangered Species Act

Endangered Species ActThe Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 provides a framework for the conservation of threatened and endangered plants and animals and their habitats. The most common applications of the ESA for industry are Section 7 consultations for projects with a federal nexus (e.g. a permit from a federal agency), and Section 10 habitat conservation plans (HCP) for private actions that do not have a federal nexus but may affect a listed species or their designated critical habitat. Find out more

Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

Phase I Environmental Site AssessmentsEnvironmental Site Assessments (ESAs) are a critical tool for corporate managers, investors, borrowers, and lenders to meet legal, financial and ethical needs for due diligence research on properties before purchase, sale, development, refinancing, or foreclosure.Find out more

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 established an environmental policy with the goal of protecting, maintaining, and enhancing the human environment. NEPA brought environmental concerns to the forefront of federal decision making while creating a process for evaluating the impacts of federal actions.Find out more

National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)

National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)The goal of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) is to encourage federal agencies to act as responsible stewards of our nation's cultural resources and historic resources. The NHPA also created the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) which acts as the federal policy advisor to the President.Find out more

Rivers and Harbors Act - Section 10

Rivers and Harbors Act - Section 10Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (33 U.S.C. 401 et seq.) requires authorization from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the construction of any structure in or over any navigable water of the United States, the excavation and dredging or deposition of material, or any obstruction or alteration to a navigable water.Find out more