May 03 2016
Staff from the Blacksburg office of EEE Consulting, Inc. joined other volunteers to plant trees at Heritage Park in Blacksburg, Virginia on April 30, in honor of Arbor Day! The weather was perfect for planting and a good time was had by all! Thanks to our Company President, Andy Kassoff, and staff members Joanna Kimmel and Jen Hubbard for coming out to help!
March 11 2016
Lee Hixon, Senior Environmental Engineer in 3e's Richmond, Virginia office, will be a co-presenter for a national webinar on how to prepare for and get the most out of EPA audits of both Phase 1 and Phase 2 MS4 communities. Other presenters will be an EPA audit manager, and a consultant from Indiana. This webinar is sponsored by the Center for Watershed Projection and takes place next Tuesday March 16 from 1p-2:30p(EST) Click here to register!
March 11 2016
Sara Rilveria, Landscape Architect in 3e’s Richmond, Virginia office will be making a presentation on the requirements and use of nutrient management plans in MS4 permits. The presentation "Nutrient Management & MS4 Compliance at Northern Virginia Community College" will be given at the Virginia Lakes & Watershed Association conference on March 14, 2016 in Richmond, VA. Sara will also be presenting at the 27th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington, VA on April 6 & 7, 2016.
For more information, please visit the following websites:
Virginia Lakes & Watershed Association's Virginia Water Conference: www.vlwa.org/VirginiaWaterConference.aspx
Environment Virginia: www.vmi.edu/Conferences/EV/Environment_Virginia/
February 23 2016
Wondering what the Final 4(d) Rule for the federally threatened northern long-eared bat (NLEB) means for your project? Here’s the breakdown:
The NLEB Final 4(d) Rule went in to effect February 16, 2016. See if your project area is within the white-nose syndrome (WNS) zone using the map and spreadsheet; check the USFWS NLEB page for updates and more info. All of VA and most of NC is within the WNS zone. If your project is within the WNS zone and if NLEB appears on your Official Species List, the following process applies to your project, particularly if the project will include tree removal and/or alteration of caves or mines where NLEB hibernates.
- Determine if your project within ¼ mile of a cave or mine where NLEB hibernates (i.e., known hibernaculum) or within 150 feet of known occupied maternity roost trees. Use the VDGIF map for VA projects, coordinate with the NC Natural Heritage Program and the USFWS NC Field Office for NC projects, or corresponding sites for other states.
- No: No further USFWS coordination required for NLEB.
- Yes: If your project intersects one of the NLEB habitat polygons, conclude “May affect” and submit to USFWS for further review.
- If your project is within the NLEB locations identified in your state Conclude “May affect” and submit the project to USFWS for further review
- If your project is outside the identified NLEB locations, Federal projects have the following options:
- Implement a time-of-year restriction for tree clearing during the active season (April 15 – September 15 in VA; April 1 to October 31 in NC) Submit a Self-Certification Letter with “No Effect” determination
- Conduct a survey following USFWS summer survey guidelines. If negative results (NLEB absent): Submit a Self-Certification Letter to USFWS along with survey results with “Not likely to adversely affect (NLAA)” determination.
January 14 2016
EEE Consulting, Inc. is teamed with Allan Meyers and RDA for this exciting project along I-64 near Williamsburg, Virginia. The project entails the expansion of approximately 7 miles of I-64 from western Newport News to eastern Williamsburg. 3e will be providing the full range of environmental services from wetland delineation, permitting, and construction monitoring, T&E assessments and Section 7 of the ESA consultation, to hazardous materials/asbestos services, SPCC plans, and landscape architecture services. 3e’s total fee is approximately $475,000.