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Litigation Support

NATIVE PLANT VALUATION

For the Defense
Anonymous Client

Referred to us by the Bureau of Land Management, we aided the defendant and his legal team to place a value on protected native vegetation that were destroyed when the defendant cleared a roadway to an inholding on Bureau of Land Management lands without securing a permit. Valuation was determined by best available scientific techniques and the outcome was used by our client’s legal team to avoid costly litigation. Because of Harris Environmental’s technical reputation, our study results were readily accepted by the federal agency, further offering a cost savings and timely outcome for the defendant, our client.

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WATER REQUIREMENTS – RIPARIAN RESTORATION

New Mexico Pueblos

Water is one of the greatest commodities in the Southwest. Water rights are complex and determining water allocations needed to sustain healthy ecosystems is complicated. Harris Environmental’s qualified staff has assisted native pueblos in determining water requirements to support existing riparian vegetation and future restoration efforts, including cottonwood-willow communities and native bosques. Our objective approach uses valid scientific methodology, research, and data mining to determine components of the water balance. Results from our work have assisted pueblos in defending their water rights in the state of New Mexico and have helped preserve riparian corridors that have been culturally important for generations.

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Transmission Line permitting

UniSource Energy Services

On behalf of our client, our Principal, Dr. Lisa K. Harris, testified several times at Arizona Corporation Commission hearings for a proposed 345kV Transmission Line in southern Arizona. The proposed route was located on both federal and private lands, and included habitat for endangered species. Dr. Harris' testimony included review of the numerous studies Harris Environmental conducted, including the results of multiple year surveys for endangered species.

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