04/25/2000 – Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment foe Receipt of a Safe Harbor Application to Enhance the Propogation and Survival of the Black-Capped Vireo and the Golden-Cheeked Warbler in the Hill Country of Texas
The three-day conference will provide these educational opportunities:
The event includes a general session, break-out sessions and a third day devoted to training experiences.
This year’s event will be held at the Omni Corpus Christi, located at 900 North Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78401.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced yesterday that it is proposing to list the Texas Hornshell as an Endangered Species. The public comment period will be open for 60 days.
The Texas Hornshell has been on and off the candidate species lists for more than 25 years, and in 2001 the Service entered into two settlement agreements regarding the species.
Efforts are being made in Texas and New Mexico to preserve the species. In New Mexico, the state is working with the Bureau of Land Management and industry along the Black River to develop a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances. In Texas, the Nature Conservancy and state wildlife regulators are managing their lands in the Devils River watershed to reduce sediment and contaminant runoff.
aci consulting performs surveys and relocation of the Texas Hornshell and other mussel species.
On April 9, 2016, aci consulting and PPDS (both divisions of ACI Group, LLC) participated in Keep Austin Beautiful’s annual Clean Sweep. Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful hosts Clean Sweep, a city-wide service day spanning 130+ sites in 31 zip codes throughout Austin and resulting in over 29 tons of trash removed by more than 4,000 volunteers who contribute 8,700 combined service hours. For more information about joining our team for next year’s event, call Paige at (512) 852-3866.
The National Highway Institute (NHI) hosted the Public Involvement in the Transportation Decision-making Process training from March 22-24, 2016 at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Riverside Campus in Austin, Texas. This course offered methods to achieve successful public involvement participation in the transportation decision-making process. During the three days of training, the participants learned to:
This training course was taught by Hughes Collaboration public mediator, Mike Hughes, and Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) Environmental Program Specialist, Keith Moore.
A link to TxDOT’s guidance for Public Involvement is located here.
On April 5, 2016 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) issued a proposed rule (FR vol. 81, p. 19527-19542) announcing a 12-moth findings petition to list the Sprague’s pipit (Anthus spragueii) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. This species was listed as a candidate species on September 15, 2010, and according to the proposed rule, the species does not warrant listing at this time. This species does not warrant listing at this time because the distribution of the species is relatively stable across its range and no concentration of stressors was found that suggest the species may be in danger of extinction in any portion of its range. A link to this proposed rule can be found here, and a link to the Sprague’s pipit USFWS species profile page can be found here.
The Sprague’s pipit inhabits native prairie grasslands and breeds exclusively in the Northern Great Plains. Its breeding grounds include areas in North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Canada. The Sprague’s pipit wintering habitat is located in areas of Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Mexico. A map of its overall range and additional information about the species is located here.
If you have questions regarding the decision or how any state- or federally-listed species may affect your project, please contact aci consulting’s Austin office.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of aci consulting, Steve Paulson, will be speaking on Thursday, November 19th at the 22nd International Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC) in Denver, CO. His presentation on large scale solutions to resolving Endangered Species Act conflicts will take place during the Legal & Regulatory Issues/Environmental Management, Compliance & Auditing technical session.
Read his abstract here.
aci consulting made a strategic connection at the TCEQ Trade Show and Conference! We brought Midstream Integrity Services (MIS) to our Austin office to demonstrate the capabilities of their unmanned aerial systems, commonly known as drones. We were curious to see how we might be able to utilize their technology to streamline some of our inspections to spend less time traveling and more time analyzing data. They can send drones into areas that are difficult to navigate to do 3D mapping, LIDAR (Laser Illuminated Detection and Ranging), Point Cloud Files, and Orthomosaics. Check out the video showing this capability in action.