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electric transmission.Linear projects such as electric transmission lines have the potential to affect multiple municipal, state, and private entities, as well as a variety of habitat types as they cross the landscape. Normandeau's large staff of field scientists is able to mobilize quickly to collect the large sets of environmental data that accompany terrestrial and submarine electric transmission projects. We have state-of-the-art equipment and protocols for efficient data collection and analysis, and robust quality assurance and health and safety programs. Normandeau is also experienced with the intensive and sensitive public outreach and communication needed to navigate public concerns and expectations. And while linear projects have many similarities in the types of issues and impacts they generate, electric transmission projects also require unique skill sets and permitting experience.

Required Skills Normandeau's Team
Remote Sensing for project siting and resource screening and identification GIS specialists trained in ARCView and StereoAnalyst as well as partners for ultra-high resolution aerial photo surveys
Wetland Delineation and Vernal Pool Surveys Multiple teams of Professional Wetland Scientists and GPS technicians with state-of-the-art Trimble/Tablet equipment and hundreds of miles of transmission line experience
Wildlife, Fisheries, and Endangered Species Surveys Normandeau PhD-level ornithologists and Certified Wildlife biologists providing studies for nearly 20 Endangered bird species and presence/ absence and telemetry studies for hundreds of other state and federally listed reptiles and amphibians, shellfish, fish and mammal species, including endangered bats
Avian Protection Plans Ornithologists with training in avian-power-line interactions, electrocution and collision risk assessment, impact reduction strategies, animal outage research and monitoring; co-authors of the APLIC Guidelines
Permitting and Regulatory Compliance Experienced transmission project managers and permitting specialists highly regarded by the resource agencies, with state and federal permitting credentials; and experienced permit compliance staff for electric transmission construction
Mitigation Strategies and Habitat Conservation Plans Proven Section 7 consultation and HCP experience, as well as state and federal wetland and habitat mitigation package development

Permitting For Electric Transmission Projects

Normandeau has prepared and coordinated permit applications on behalf of our clients for submission to state and federal agencies. We have extensive experience with federal laws such as:

electric transmission.
Sections 301, 303 316, 319, 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act Marine Mammal Protection Act
Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act Sections 7 and 10 of the Federal Endangered Species Act
Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research and Sactuaries Act (MPRSA) Migratory Bird Treaty Act
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) Coastal Zone Management Act