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INTEGRATED NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PLAN (INRMP)

Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson AZ
US Air Force

Harris Environmental revised and updated the installation’s Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan (INRMP) per Sike’s Act and Air Force requirements. This work entailed preparing and submitting a Notification of Intent to prepare/revise the INRMP to involved stakeholders and agencies including the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, prepare a preliminary draft of the INRMP for internal Air Force review, prepare a preliminary draft for external agency review, prepare a draft for public review, prepare a final draft for agency review, and prepare a final INRMP. The numerous iterations required extensive scoping and coordination with the Air Force and external agencies to address concerns and comments provided for each submittal, and also required extensive research specific to unique resources found on the installation. We were key authors and in charge of all coordination and consultation efforts with the involved agencies. Throughout the duration of the INRMP revision process, we maintained a detailed Administrative Record of all information gathered during research and composition as well as a geodatabase of all relevant spatial data used in producing maps. Initial document reviews by involved management agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department resulted in minimal comments readily addressed by staff authors for prompt resubmittal of the document. Additionally, during contracting, Harris Environmental worked with the installation to complete the document revision with limited available funding.

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EIS SUPPORT TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RUNWAY ADDITION

Crawford Murphy & Tilly / Federal Aviation Administration

To support the addition of a much needed second runway at Tucson International Airport, we developed all supporting documentations for an Environmental Impact Statement to determine the effects on the environment. We helped our client be successful by providing the full range of natural, environmental, and cultural resources specialists required. This project included developing a Biological Assessment, conducting a Class III archeological Survey, and conducting a Preliminary Initial Site Assessment. It exemplifies the full range of solutions we bring to every project we are entrusted with by our clients.

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EIS FOR CORMORANT MANAGEMENT

Columbia River Estuary
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District

Harris Environmental provided lead support for development of an EIS and accompanying BA for the USACE’s management plan for double-crested cormorants within the Columbia River Estuary. Under extremely short deadlines, we developed a population model in close collaboration with US Fish and Wildlife Service (Pacific Region) for evaluating effects of management alternatives, prepared pubic meeting/ scoping documents, graphics and materials for public meetings and webinars, compiled all agency comments and 150,000+ public comments, drafted final responses to comments and revised document drafts based on comments received, provided technical editing for all final materials, developed a FONSI, kept the Administrative Record, and oversaw 5 different sub-contractors. The project is very contentious with national interest and a high level of scrutiny (Featured in the New York Times).

We met all deadlines for product delivery and maintained great working relationships with all cooperating agencies throughout the process. During public meetings, USACE personnel and individuals from the public repeatedly expressed satisfaction with how well the EIS was written.

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TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

Locations in Arizona
Federal Highways Administration; ADOT; local DOTs

Harris Environmental has conducted over 125 transportation projects. These include work as prime on on-call contracts with numerous counties and cities and as sub consultant to engineering and landscape architecture firms for FHWA, ADOT, and municipal projects. We have conducted biological, cultural, and hazardous waste surveys, investigations, and reporting. Projects included enhancement, bridge replacement, multi-use pathways, widening, new roadways, and transportation corridor planning. Dr. Harris served as a member of a multi-discipline team (total of 5 members) who developed Pima County’s Roadway Design Manual for Developing Roads within Environmentally Sensitive Areas.

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RESTORATION PLAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Tohono O’Odham Nation, AZ
US Bureau of Indian Affairs

Harris Environmental prepared a joint wetland restoration plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on the Tohono O’odham Nation for restoring wetlands to compensate for injuries to migratory birds at a mine site under the Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration regulations (NRDAR), under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). Harris Environmental worked cooperatively with the BIA, the Tohono O’odham Nation, and USFWS to design new wetlands and to recontour earthen cattle tanks and spreader dikes into wetlands suitable for American Avocet and other migratory birds. Strategies were developed to ensure the wetlands meet objectives for migratory bird habitat, have an adequate water supply, and will be free of threats from livestock grazing, invasive species, and contaminants. Harris Environmental analyzed the effects of the proposed action in an EA, which underwent public review. Fact sheets were developed to describe the process, which was presented in a public meeting. A draft implementation plan and monitoring plan was written for review by the cooperators.

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TRANSMISSION LINE PLANNING

Locations in CA, AZ, NM, NV
Western Area Power Administration; Unisource Energy (TEP); others

We have worked on many electrical transmission lines, including Western Area Power Administration. For Western, we conducted biological monitoring and environmental awareness training for Hoover-Mead #6 and #8 230-kV Transmission Lines Emergency Jumper Repair Project and Maricopa-Saguaro and the ED#2-Saguaro Transmission Lines Emergency Tree Removal Project. We have worked with Tucson Electric Power since 1995, conducting numerous cultural surveys/compliance documents for a variety of projects throughout Arizona and New Mexico. These have included transmission line maintenance, booster station development, planning for new transmission lines, power plant expansion permits, pole replacement/movement, and new line installation. We have numerous studies over many years, including testifying at Arizona Corporation Commission hearings for Tucson Electric Power’s proposed Sahuarita-Nogales, Arizona, 345kV Transmission Line.

In addition, our experience includes numerous electrical co-operatives throughout Arizona. For these, we have conducted natural and cultural surveys/compliance reports.

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