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Normandeau Associates, Inc. is known for developing innovative solutions and consistently delivering high quality, results-oriented services that are highly valued by our clients and respected by the regulatory and scientific communities.

Normandeau's extensive team of experienced field scientists, analysts, researchers, and permitting specialists delivers technically credible and legally defensible information to advance project goals, meet regulatory requirements and promote sustainable economic development while protecting valuable natural resources.

Since 1970, we have worked in close partnership with industry, government agencies, and the public. Normandeau has been submitting permit applications to local, state and federal agencies for decades. Our approach to permitting is to identify issues and concerns early in the process and arrange pre-application meetings with appropriate agencies to resolve these issues prior to permit application submittal.

Normandeau Associates, Inc. specializes in ecological services and project permitting for ski areas. With over 40 years of experience we have an extensive background assisting developers with ecologically sensitive, sustainable development by using sound, science based approaches.

Normandeau prepares needed studies, facilitates agency communication ,and guides clients through the siting/planning, permitting, development and monitoring process. Normandeau staff has extensive knowledge and experience crucial to addressing commonly encountered regulatory challenges in high altitude environments.

Normandeau staff members are highly credentialed and able to provide up-to-date technical expertise, prepare comprehensive environmental documentation, including EISs and EAs, and design cost-effective strategies that meet regulatory requirements.

Our experience and ability to deliver sound-science uniquely positions us to provide you an interdisciplinary team that is highly focused on meeting your project goals. Our portfolio of ski area work enables us to quickly assemble a team that gives you:

  • Strong project managers with a strategic understanding of ski area operations and development
  • Highly credentialed experts in regulatory permitting including NEPA
  • Experts in wildlife biology
  • Wetland and aquatic scientists
  • Rare species specialists, including wildlife, plant community ecologists and botanists
  • Fisheries biologists
  • Water quality and quantity scientists
  • Environmental planners
  • GIS analysts
  • Corporate sustainability specialists
  • Environmental, health & safety compliance specialists
  • Recreation and visitor use planners
  • Public involvement and outreach specialists

Example Projects

Targeted Expertise

Example Projects

Sugarbush Resort Expansion, Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (Warren, VT): Normandeau assisted in preparing a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Mad River Water Withdrawal and Sugarbush South Snowmaking and Trail Improvement Project for the US Forest Service, Green Mountain National Forest. Normandeau was responsible for environmental issues including soils and geology, water resources, wetlands and floodplains, vegetation, wildlife, fisheries and rare species.

Cannon Mountain Ski Resort, Expansion Land Swap EIS (Franconia, NH): A proposed expansion of Cannon Mountain recreational facilities onto US Forest Service land required that a parcel of equivalent natural resource value be traded back to the US Forest Service by the New Hampshire Department of Parks and Recreation. This proposed transaction required a thorough documentation of existing natural resource conditions on both parcels, particularly for two federally listed species. Normandeau performed field investigations to characterize geology and soils, water quality, aquatic communities, vegetation and wildlife, wetlands, threatened/endangered species and exemplary subalpine plant communities.

Waterville Valley, Snowmaking Ponds Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (Waterville Valley, NH): Normandeau assisted in preparing a comprehensive EIS for the proposed Waterville Valley Snowmaking Ponds Project for the US Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest. Normandeau was responsible for environmental issues including soils and geology, subsurface geology and hydrogeology, pond siting, water resources, wetlands, vegetation, wildlife, fisheries and rare species.

Ottauquechee River Waste Load Assimilation Study and Water Quality Assessments (Killington, VT): Killington proposed to discharge highly treated wastewater to the Upper Ottauquechee River. Normandeau assessed existing water quality, evaluating assimilative capacity, and assessing potential impacts of the proposed discharge. Normandeau provided expert testimony before the Vermont Water Resources Board, conducted a comprehensive water quality study, and developed a waste load allocation for the Upper Ottauquechee that evaluated acceptable waste loads for various levels of treatment.

Mt. Sunapee, Water Quality Monitoring (Newbury, NH): Normandeau collected water quality samples in the vicinity of two wastewater septage lagoons located on the site Groundwater samples were analyzed for chloride, nitrate, total Kjeldhl nitrogen (TKN), and E. Coli. Field measurements were conducted for specific conductance, pH, and static water elevation. Surface water samples were analyzed for ammonia, nitrate, and chloride. Field measurements of specific conductance and pH were also conducted for the surface water samples.

Targeted Expertise
  • Agency consultation & coordination
  • Public involvement & communication
  • NEPA compliance and documentation
  • Lynx/Marten habitat mapping
  • Natural resource impact assessment
  • Vernal pool inventory & mapping
  • Breeding bird surveys (songbirds)
  • Wetland delineation & mapping
  • Wetland functional assessment
  • Waste load allocation
  • Stream flow analysis
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Endangered species act consultation
  • Wetland mitigation site search & design
  • SWPPP development & compliance
  • Federal, state & local permitting
  • Post construction monitoring
  • Compilation of rare plant lists
  • Field reconnaissance
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Environmental, health & safety compliance assistance
  • Education & outreach program development and implementation
  • Recreation planning and visitor use surveys