October 2017

  • GREENevada awarded EMPSi a 2017 Golden Pinecone Sustainability Award, recognizing EMPSi’s outstanding achievements toward improving and sustaining the environment through its contributions to regional sustainability planning and its company culture. The mission of GREENevada is to foster sustainability through environmental education and leadership. More information on GREENevada and the Golden Pinecone Awards is available here
  • Congratulations to the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) for adopting its first Sustainability Plan and achieving Silver-level recognition through the American Public Transportation Association’s Sustainability Commitment Program. EMPSi is proud to have been a partner with the RTC on this unique and important project.

September 2017

  • The US Forest Service has selected EMPSi to conduct oil and gas leasing availability analysis on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. EMPSi and the Forest Service will collaborate to prepare an EIS and supporting technical studies that will evaluate the potential impacts of future leasing. This analysis will be conducted concurrent with the Forest Plan revision process, and will set the decision-making framework for site-specific oil and gas projects and activities.
  • We are pleased to announce that Theresa Ancell has joined EMPSi. With 13 years of experience in water resource management, natural resource planning, and NEPA and Endangered Species Act compliance, she will support our national water and energy practices.

August 2017

  • The Bureau of Reclamation and New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission selected EMPSi to prepare an EIS and supporting studies to assess the potential environmental effects of proposed development of the New Mexico Unit of the Central Arizona Project (read more here about the project) for capture, storage, and use of water within the Gila River watershed pursuant to the terms of the Arizona Water Settlements Act.
  • On August 31, 2017, the Department of the Interior issued Order No. 3355, Streamlining National Environmental Policy Act Reviews and Implementation of Executive Order 13807, Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure. As part of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) NEPA-streamlining review process, EMPSi is facilitating workshops and obtaining public input to help inform this process, which will be consolidated into the report for Secretary Zinke later this year. Read more here about EO 13807.   
  • BLM has awarded EMPSi a five-year BPA contract to provide air quality assessment, modeling, monitoring and NEPA services nationwide. The maximum value of the contract is $5 million over the five-year period of performance.

July 2017

  • The Department of Interior (DOI) has awarded EMPSi a five year, $10 million contract to provide environmental services to DOI bureaus nationwide. This is the second consecutive five-year contract EMPSi has received. Work orders issued to date under these contracts including environmental analysis for the Platte River for the Bureau of Reclamation, scientific peer reviews for evaporation ponds and groundwater injection wells, and analysis of species recovery for the Mexican gray wolf.

June 2017

  • As part of the Department of Interior initiatives to protect western ecosystems, EMPSi is helping facilitate workshops this winter with federal, state and tribal agencies to further develop and refine coordinated efforts to contain and control invasive mussels in western waterways. More information on the initiatives can be found here.
  • EMPSi was selected by the US Forest Service to assist with preparation of the EIS analyses for Forest Plan revisions for the Sequoia, Sierra, Lincoln, and Cibola National Forests.