Environmental Planning & Permitting

Impacts to the natural and human environment aren’t always obvious and regulatory obligations can often lead to delays when completing conceptual and detailed engineering design work resulting in a lagging construction schedule. To help expedite the environmental planning and review process, Woodard & Curran has a diverse, multidisciplinary team of professionals well-versed in programs like the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and many other federal, state, and local regulatory permitting programs, including Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act Section 404 Permits, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits. Our team can manage the environmental documentation process for project owners, reducing overall risk and instilling stakeholder confidence when large capital investments are at stake.

Staying Ahead of the Game

Our permitting and planning experts work seamlessly with design teams at the outset of a project to review goals and objectives, determine environmental compliance requirements and risks, and avoid or minimize environmental impacts. This proactive approach, along with our in-depth understanding of regulations and agency procedures, leads to successful permit strategies for even the most complex projects. Our team of experienced environmental planners also understands when mitigation measures and construction special provisions may be required to address impacts, enabling us to assist in identifying costs associated with environmental resource protection. 

Relying on Our Extensive Resources and Expertise

Whether you’re expanding a wastewater treatment facility, upgrading existing utility infrastructure, remediating a contaminated property, or developing a commercial facility, our specialists are well-equipped to conduct environmental assessments using the most up-to-date scientific methods and streamline the entire permitting process for your project. Not only do we come prepared with a thorough understanding of the timing and cost challenges associated with CEQA and NEPA documentation and environmental permitting, our extensive familiarity with these programs allows us to think outside the box for environmental strategies and solutions to permitting obstacles. Our national environmental planning and permitting practice integrates the full suite of Woodard & Curran services, helping our clients soundly plan project investments with regulatory compliance and infrastructure resiliency in mind.


Technical Practice Leader
Environmental Planning & Permitting