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National Environmental Policy Act – Technical Meeting


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Topic: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 401/404 Clean Water Act Permitting as it relates to project development

NEPA Technical Lunch Meeting Presentation Feb 2016

Meet the Presenters:


Nick Nies

Nicholas Nies is an Associate with Whitman, Requardt and Associates, Richmond Office.  He has over 15 years of experience, 10 of which have been directly with VDOT environmental programs.  Mr. Nies has lead inter-disciplinary teams on complex NEPA transportation projects; presented controversial projects to appointed and elected officials, including the Commonwealth Transportation Board and the Virginia Secretary of Transportation, agency heads, and the public; developed and managed project budget, schedule and resources.  He has also managed VDOT’s Partnering program for regulatory agency coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Federal Highway Administration.



Taylor Sprenkle is an Environmental Scientist with Whitman, Requardt and Associates, Richmond Office.  He has over 13 years of experience with Section 401/404 Clean Water Act Permitting, NEPA coordination, delineations, perennial flow determinations, stream impact assessments, determining buffers and setbacks pursuant to local Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinances, floristic inventories, habitat evaluations and surveys for rare, threatened, and endangered species.  This knowledge and experience has been applied to complex infrastructure projects, including transportation and utility work.  Mr. Sprenkle has also taught plant identification to company and government agency staff (Grasses, Sedges, & Rushes; Winter Woody ID; Tree Identification).



The topic will discuss NEPA and permitting processes, project challenges, and recent project successes.