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Incorporating an environmental mindset at project scoping can avoid lengthy schedule delays and reduce costs on transportation and public utility projects. With a focus on Natural Resources, Wallace Montgomery will discuss their approach to involve environmental staff early in the planning and design process to ensure a smooth project delivery down the road. Typical environmental risks to wetlands and waterways that are encountered on linear projects will be discussed as well as how they can be appropriately mitigated with an environmental mindset. We'll investigate the Section 404 permitting process and how avoidance and minimization of impacts can reduce mitigation costs and potentially eliminate the need for permits altogether. Real-world project examples will be shared where these methods have been used successfully to save time and money in Maryland and Virginia.
WHEN: Wednesday, Apr 6, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
WHERE: Online webinar. Use the link above to register by midnight the day before. Login information will be provided via email to registrants.
COST: $5 per person (members and nonmembers)
Attendees will receive (1.0) Professional Development Hour (PDH).
About the Presenter:
Jessica Klinefelter is a Vice President in charge of Wallace Montgomery's Environmental Department. She provides oversight and leadership in natural resources studies, environmental documentation, delineations, environmental design, permitting and environmental monitoring. She served as the Committee Chair for ACEC Maryland's Environmental Committee for 3 years. She received a Master's in Wildlife Biology and published articles on the federally-threatened bog turtle. From that time, she has continuously provided environmental consulting for public works and transportation clients for 23 years. She is familiar with regulations that protect natural, social, and cultural resources. Jessica has experience in both environmental planning and environmental permitting; responsible for dozens of NEPA documents and environmental permits. It is with that experience that she offers her thoughts today on Having an Environmental Mindset During Planning and Design Processes.