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Stay tuned for our next session in Fall 2022. Click here to add your name to our priority registration list.

SWCA’s Applied NEPA Process and Impact Analysis Workshop is online, highly interactive, and includes facilitated breakout sessions with our expert instructors.

This virtual workshop will provide the tools you need to write National Environmental Policy Act (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. The course is highly interactive and includes breakout workshops facilitated by instructors where you will work on a real-world example project from kick-off to final decision.

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 Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations.

 

Dates
TBD - Fall 2022

Course Fees

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

Course Materials
Instructors will provide registrants with access to a digital training manual, course workbook, and additional training resources. Register by April 18th and you’ll also receive an SWCA Swag Bag mailed to your provided shipping address!

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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Click below to register for the April 2022 Applied NEPA Process and Impact Analysis Workshop.

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