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Next course coming soon - April 2022!

SWCA has taken our Applied NEPA Process and Impact Analysis Workshop and converted it to a fully online course.

This virtual workshop will provide the tools you need to write NEPA documents that are clear, concise, and defensible, and facilitate the rigorous NEPA process in less time, all from the comfort of your own home or office.

Both new and experienced NEPA practitioners will be provided an overview of the NEPA process, a review of legal requirements and pitfalls, and an opportunity to work on real-world NEPA projects in an instructional and interactive workshop atmosphere. The course was inspired by evolving federal agency direction to complete NEPA projects within aggressive, truncated schedules and mandated page limits. It was developed by SWCA after years of training federal agencies on how to develop effective NEPA documentation. The course will also include an overview of recent NEPA case law and regulatory shifts, including the potential ramifications of the most recent proposed changes to the CEQ regulations.

Dates
April 2022, details coming soon

Course Fees

  • Non-Government Rate - $995
  • Government Rate - $895
  • Tribal Rate - $795

Course Materials
Registration includes a “NEPA Course Survival Kit.” This kit, mailed to your provided shipping address, includes the course training manual and workbook. You can also expect to receive some fun “swag” from SWCA!

Matt was an excellent instructor. Seems to know the topic inside and out and displays a great deal of energy teaching the class. Great course!

Intended Audience:

  • Industry managers and planners who work on federal lands or with federal permits

  • Agency planning and environmental coordinators

  • Municipal planners

  • Consultant project managers and resource specialists

  • Decision-makers involved in or reviewing NEPA documents 

After completion of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the overall philosophy and purpose of NEPA. 
  • Receive a basic overview of the CEQ guidelines and NEPA case law.  
  • Have a working knowledge of the stages and levels of the NEPA process.  
  • Understand the implications of the decisions required throughout the NEPA process. 
  • Be prepared to determine appropriate situations for categorical exclusions (CE), environmental assessment (EA), and environmental impact statements (EIS).  
  • Have the practical skills to be able to write streamlined defensible documents that meet the updated NEPA regulations regarding schedule and page requirements. 
  • Learn the role of major federal agencies in the NEPA process and understand the responsibilities of the “third party” NEPA consultant in agency analysis. 
  • Have an understanding of the responsibilities and ethics of the lead agency, cooperating agencies, and NEPA consultant. 
  • Understand the step-by-step process from project kick-off through publication of a decision. 
  • Learn how to design a NEPA process and maintain the administrative record to minimize litigation risks. 

Daily Class Breakdown

Day 1

  • Course Overview
  • Introduction to NEPA
  • Project Kickoff: Identifying the Players and Appropriate Level of NEPA Analysis  
  • Document Outline: A Plan for Concise and Defensible NEPA
  • Purpose and Need: Setting the Stage for the Project

Day 2

  • Developing a Reasonable Range of Alternatives
  • Eliminating Alternatives from Detailed Analysis 
  • Planning for Streamlined Issue-Based Impact Analysis
  • Identifying Substantive Issues
  • Eliminating Non-Substantive Issues

Day 3

  • Cause-and-Effect: Identifying Impact Indicators and Methodology
  • Writing Streamlined Impact Analysis 
  • Cumulative Impacts Analysis
  • Course Closeout/Questions

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