Marr Ranch/Iwetemlaykin State Park. EcoWest was originally hired by a private developer to conduct surveys for the listed Spaulding’s catchfly for a proposed residential development near Wallowa Lake, Oregon. The property was subsequently sold to the State of Oregon in conjunction with the Nez Perce Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation for development as a new State Park, which was to preserve the listed species, local aesthetics (including Eagle Cap views) and cultural resources associated with the Nez Perce and the adjacent Chief Joseph grave. EcoWest subsequently delineated wetlands and prepared permit documents for the State Park development, including alternatives analyses, wetland functional assessments, wetland permits (Section 404 and State), and wetland mitigation and weed control plans. A Biological Assessment was developed to assess impacts of on parking lot construction on bull trout, spotted frog, Macfarlane’s four o’clock, and Spaulding’s catchfly.
Project Status: Wetland delineation, wetland permits, biological assessment approved. The project has been constructed and mitigation implemented.
Boardman Bombing Range Road. EcoWest provided environmental services and permitting assistance for the widening of 11 miles of heavily traveled existing County Roads from the Port of Morrow to the County Landfill (also Port of Morrow waste facility). In addition to the need to reduce accidents and increase road safety, the primary project issues were wetlands, the presence of a listed species (Washington ground squirrel), and the location of right-of-way portions on a US Navy bombing range. Services included wetland delineation, ordinary high water (OHW) determination, coordination with State and Federal agencies (DSL/COE, ODFW, USFWS, US Navy) and listed species habitat assessments. In addition, EcoWest also evaluated the need for NEPA documentation as a result of the right-of-way crossing federal land.
Project Status: The listed species and federal land issues were able to be quickly resolved and without impacts, and wetlands were able to be avoided negating the need for costly mitigation. The road has been widened.
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Mine Tailings Removal/Tar Creek Superfund Site. EcoWest managed the preparation of two individual Environmental Assessments (EA)s and one programmatic EA for the proposed removal of more than 36 million tons of mine tailings (“chat”) from the Quapaw Indian Reservation (OK) for use as road base on highway construction projects. This included preparation of project Purpose and Need Statements in conjunction with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), development of alternatives with the BIA, subsequent drafting of the alternative descriptions, and preparation of individual baseline/impact analysis sections. EcoWest directly prepared the vegetation, wildlife, TES species, water resources, water quality, socioeconomic, air quality and noise sections of the NEPA documents, and reviewed/edited other sections for NEPA and related issue consistency.
Project Status: The NEPA documents were approved with Findings of No Significant Impact for all (FONSIs).
Ash Grove Cement Company EcoWest has provided wetland services, including listed species assessments, wetland delineation, wetland functional assessment and wetland permit document preparation for the Ash Grove cement plant in Durkee, Oregon along the Burnt River. Projects have included site evaluations for proposed stormwater ponds, landfills and mine expansion sites.
Project Status: All delineations, assessments and permits have been approved. Some projects have been constructed and others are on-hold for unrelated company reasons.
Deer Valley Ski Area. Condominium development at the ski area required development of a mitigation wetland, which was designed and constructed by another company, and which failed to meet wetland criteria. EcoWest was hired to address the situation and identified that the wetland was constructed in a location not amenable to wetland development. EcoWest obtained approval from the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) to relocate the mitigation wetland to a more suitable location and one in which it would be maintained as open space in perpetuity. We designed the new wetland, which included a new stream channel, development of an adjacent marsh, planting and weed control. EcoWest subsequently monitored the wetland to ensure its continued success and to provide any necessary additional planting, seeding or weed control.
Project Status. The mitigation wetland was declared a success by the COE, allowing the old, failed site to be abandoned, eliminating company liability and allowing it to be used for other purposes. At the same time, the local community received the benefit of a large open space tract for a win-win solution for all parties.