, provides readers with timely features relevant to the environmental consulting industry. News articles include feature stories on issues of concern or interest to our clients, industry trends, and changes in regulatory compliance requirements. The Wire
To be included on an e-mail list with a link to each new Wire edition (downloadable in Adobe® PDF format).
↓ Download PDF
ESI: Endangered Species Investigators – We review the Endangered Species Act and decode the environmental requirements involved when threatened or endangered species are present on project sites.
Things are Heating Up in Texas and the Gulf Coast – SWCA is expanding our Texas and Gulf Coast operations and opening a new office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Turtles & Ducks & Geese — Oh, My! – A Federal Aviation Administration report shows wildlife strikes on the rise, and regulatory changes are in store relating to airport wildlife hazards.
* Watch a bonus video! *
A Proactive Approach to Desert Tortoise Recovery – SWCA’s population modeling is helping the Bureau of Land Management create better conservation plans for a threatened species in the desert Southwest.
Building Synergies – Learn how integrating a right-of way group with an environmental team early in the project development phase can provide numerous benefits to project developers.
Dance Hall Days – SWCA’s architectural history expertise played a role in restoring the Sylvan Beach Pavilion — a Texas Gulf Coast landmark — to its former glory.
↓ Download PDF
Mission: Possible – Cultural resources work on the Arrow 23D pipeline project in North Dakota shows how mitigation efforts are coming to the rescue for pipelines that cannot easily be rerouted to avoid environmentally sensitive areas. * Watch a bonus video! *
Open for Business – Driven by current oil and gas demands in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, SWCA has expanded eastward with a new office in Pittsburgh.
Regulatory Update: New EPA Rules – The EPA has issued a new Federal Implementation Plan on air quality standards for oil and natural gas production on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
Probability Modeling for Project Development – SWCA is using advanced probability modeling to improve cultural (and natural) resource assessments for client projects.
The Big Picture – The key to building public consensus for large-scale utility project development is teaming visualization tools with proactive public outreach and informative messaging.
CIA: The Inside Scoop – SWCA is using a three-step Critical Issues Analysis process to help developers understand the environmental constraints involved in their projects and plan for success.
↓ Download PDF
Keeping Wind Turbines Moving in Texas: A Case Study in Cooperation – Through the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone process, Texas has become a renewable energy powerhouse with increased wind generation capacity and an improved electric grid. SWCA Environmental Consultants played a role in the process by helping two transmission service providers comply with environmental regulations for their projects. * Watch a bonus video! *
Final Wind Energy Guidelines Released: Where Do We Go From Here? – Company Founder Steve Carothers gives a summary of the Final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and what the guidelines mean for wildlife and wind developers.
Banking on the Future: A Market-Driven Solution to Preserving Wetlands – SWCA is helping a Texas landowner and partner of Gin City Land Company create a wetland mitigation bank to bring back wetland habitat and maintain her family’s ties to the land.
Spotlight on Wind Energy Development & Construction Services – SWCA's senior consultant for the power generation sector discusses the environmental issues at stake and environmental services that may be necessary in the various phases of wind energy development and construction.
↓ Download PDF
A River Runs Through It: Middle Rio Grande Habitat Restoration and Wildlife Monitoring – A multi-year, multi-agency effort to restore habitat for the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow and southwestern willow flycatcher is improving river flow for everyone who depends on the water supply.
Focus: Reflections on our 30-Year Anniversary – Company President and CEO John Thomas talks about joining the company in its early days, how we have grown since then, and where the road leads from here. * See a bonus video! *
East Canyon Restoration: Bringing a Utah Watershed Back to Health – SWCA helped develop and implement a plan to improve water quality in East Canyon Creek and Reservoir and return a prized fishery to its former glory.
Getting Our Kicks on Route 66 – A small team is conducting a comprehensive historical survey of Arizona’s Route 66 relics to help them earn National Register recognition. * See a bonus narrated slideshow! *
Running the Numbers – A staff statistician explains the role of statistics in the environmental consulting industry and how we are using advanced data analysis, statistics, and simulations in our client projects.
Better Data Management Through Custom Databases – SWCA is creating specialized databases to help make project data processing more efficient for clients and SWCA project managers.
↓ Download PDF
Old King Coal – The Texas Clean Energy Project aims to turn one of the problems of fossil fuel use (carbon dioxide) into an energy solution through a new coal gasification power plant that will capture carbon and sequester it for Enhanced Oil Recovery.
SWCA’s Science Leadership Program – To foster a culture of scientific excellence, SWCA has created a program that invests company resources in high-performing scientists who contribute to scientific knowledge and client projects.
Get Smart: Cool Tools in Field Data Collection and Mapping – In a new column, Technology Corner, SWCA explores the use of smartphones in the field for navigation and geotagging photos, and connecting smartphone data with Google mapping software.
Spotlight on Turtle Research in Florida – Supported in part by SWCA’s Science Leadership Program, a project in central Florida is using tattoo wands and microchips to mark turtles in one of the largest long-term freshwater turtle population studies in the country. * See bonus material for this story on our Multimedia Page! *
Putting the Brakes on a Silent Invasion – The Hawai’i Department of Transportation’s Statewide Noxious Invasive Pest Program is making highway landscape maintenance more sustainable and training staff to control non-native species wreaking havoc on the Islands.
When the Bulldozer Hits the Bone: Mitigation Paleontologists on the Cut – SWCA paleontologists are helping clients comply with regulatory requirements to preserve scientifically important fossils that could be damaged or destroyed by development activities. * See bonus material for this story on our Multimedia Page! *
1 2 >