Enviornmental White Papers

White Papers from leading Environmental Law experts provide great insight and research on timely relevant Environmental Law topics.

Streambank Stabilization Techniques

June 3, 2013

Increasingly, state environmental agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency are requiring developers to work with environmental professionals to create plans that will eliminate or severely lessen the amount of erosion along streams and creeks. Using both natural and manmade efforts to reduce waves and keep the streambed elevated. Before starting on any project to preserve a stream's existing location or alter it sufficiently to reduce erosion, it's worth reviewing the latest and most popular methods used to reduce or eliminate erosion and other destructive forces that can come with increased development, which are outlined in this white paper.

What is Wetland Delineation?

March 1, 2013

Wetland delineation is a process used to determine whether an area meets the scientific definition of a wetland and, if the area does meet the definition, to discover the extent of the wetland. Wetlands are protected from intentional damage and destruction by a network of federal and state laws. Property owners, home builders, farmers, environmental engineers, conservationists, construction contractors and land developers all need to understand the biological, ecological and legal ramifications of wetlands and wetland disturbance, which are covered in this white paper.

How the Endangered Species Act Affects Development Projects

December 1, 2012

This white paper outlines the background of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, amendments to the ESA, the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), Safe Harbor Agreements, Candidate Conservation Agreements, and the "No Surprises" policy.

Best Practices in Wetland Restoration

September 21, 2012

Americans have been degrading wetlands in various ways for years. Farmers have drained and filled in some wetland acreage to gain more ground in which to plant their crops. Land developers have wanted to use certain areas for their projects and destroyed wetlands in the process. Many of the developers believed that they could create new wetlands to make up for the loss of established areas, but the new wetlands are not as beneficial to our ecosystem as were the original wetlands. Creating wetlands where none existed previously can take hundreds of years. This white paper outlines the current best practices in wetland restoration.

How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Implementing NEPA

June 14, 2012

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was the first major environmental statute, and despite its relatively simple terms as compared to other environmental laws, it remains one of the most important pieces of environmental legislation for federal agencies. This white paper addresses some of the most common mistakes of action and inaction that affect NEPA time lines, delaying jobs, increasing costs and otherwise inconveniencing policies and actions.