Environmental Analysis & Documentation

Planning a project requires a thorough understanding of a project's purpose and need, the goals of the project's sponsor, and the natural, cultural, and socioeconomic context within which the project will be accomplished. Integrating these environmental "values" into the planning process allows for consideration of the potential impacts of a proposed action and any reasonable and prudent alternatives that would reduce or minimize such impacts to the maximum extent possible. It also affords the opportunity for public involvement in the decision making process.  For Federal actions, the planning process is governed by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); many states also employ a corollary process similar to NEPA for respective state actions (i.e., the Maryland Environmental Policy Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, etc.).

JMT is experienced in developing and managing small and large-scale NEPA and state documents, and has completed several of the following for local, state, and federal clients:

  • Categorical Exclusions (CEs)
  • Environmental Assessments (EAs)
  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)
  • Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSIs)
  • Records of Decision (RODs)
  • Section 4(f) Evaluations
  • Natural Environmental Technical Reports (NETRs)
  • Alternatives Analysis
  • Community Outreach & Public Involvement programs

Our Planners work in conjunction with our Natural Resource professionals to complete the necessary studies to analyze the affected environment and environmental consequences for any issue areas pertaining to the proposed project, including:

  • Traffic and Transportation
  • Socioeconomic & Environmental Justice
  • Air Quality
  • Noise
  • Energy
  • Natural Resources (floodplains, wildlife and habitat, rare/threatened/endangered species, waters of the U.S., water quality, geology and soils)
  • Cultural/Historic Resources
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Aesthetics/Visual Quality
  • Construction-related Impacts
  • Secondary and Cumulative Effects/Indirect and Cumulative Effects

Projects

Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Produce Safety Rule

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Nationwide

JMT helped the U.S. FDA satisfy the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as the agency generated its first-ever Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Proposed Rule for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce.

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Georgetown to Lewes Pedestrian and Bicyclist Trail

JMT designed 1.1 miles of pedestrian/bicyclist trail along railroad right-of-way in Delaware.

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I-81 Reconstruction - Section 023

JMT designed the reconstruction of approximately 9 miles of Interstate 81.

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MD 4 Corridor Study

JMT performed a Stage I, II, and III project planning study to analyze the potential traffic and environmental impacts of widening a roadway corridor. 

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I-95, Section 200 Project Planning

JMT provided the full range of planning-level services, including environmental studies, engineering alternatives, travel demand forecasts, and right-of-way assistance, for the proposed expansion of 17 miles of I-95.

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