Environmental Planning and Policy

NEPA and Supporting Studies

“I am extremely satisfied and pleased with Marstel-Day’s performance. Marstel-Day supplied outstanding technical experts and technical consultants who were instrumental in providing me technical feedback on one of the most complex draft Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) that the Department of Homeland Security has embarked upon.”

Marstel-Day offers an array of interdisciplinary professional experts in every technical field required to conduct NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) analysis and supporting studies. NEPA seeks to protect the natural and human environment and to create a systematic, interdisciplinary, and transparent process for all federal entities to follow when proposing funding or permitting actions that may affect the environment. Many of our experts have been schooled in preparing NEPA documents since the law was enacted in 1970. Our staff have prepared hundreds of NEPA documents and supporting studies, including over 50 EISs and 200 EAs for over 10 Federal agencies, including the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Energy, and other Federal agencies. An overview of our expertise is presented below.

  • Marstel-Day has supported over 30 NEPA projects in recent years, including EISs, LEIS, EAs, RODs, FNSIs, and supporting studies
  • Marstel-Day staff experience includes preparation of 50+ EISs and 200+ EAs Nationwide
  • Our NEPA experience covers a broad array of Federal actions:
    • BRAC Actions
    • Federal Facility Construction and Operations
    • Master Planning
    • Military Training
    • Land and Airspace Acquisition
    • Land Withdrawals
    • Civil Works
    • Land and Resource Management

We offer comprehensive analysis and survey experience

  • Public Involvement/Scoping Meetings
  • Cultural Resource Surveys (Phase I / II)
  • Section 106 / PAs / Native American Consultation
  • HABS/HAER Documentation
  • Biological Assessments / Section 7 Consultation
  • Habitat Modeling / Mapping / Biological Studies / EFH
  • GIS-based Landscape Mapping, Modeling, and Analysis
  • Habitat Conservation / Endangered Species Management
  • Land Use Compatibility / Aesthetics Visual Analysis
  • Transportation Modeling
  • Noise Modeling
  • Air Emissions Modeling / General Conformity Analysis
  • Carbon Emissions / Climate Adaptation
  • Water Demand Studies
  • Economic Modeling
  • GIS-based Environmental Justice Analysis

Planning for Coastal Resilience

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Marstel-Day provides a range of services to support coastal resilience for clients, from enterprise-wide solutions to sustain your organization’s mission to individually tailored plans that address risks of sea level rise, storm surge, and increased flooding. Our coastal resilience toolkit utilizes an adaptive risk management framework to help you understand vulnerabilities, exposure, and risk; and provides recommendations and options for adaptation solutions that increase long-term resilience.

Coastal Risk

Marstel-Day brings many years of rich experience evaluating coastal vulnerability for a variety of worldwide clients. We employ high-resolution modeling with authoritative data and analysis techniques to measure coastal risks with a careful investigation of clients’ mission, operations, and exposure. Our toolkit includes distinct models for sea level rise, storm surge, and increased flooding that can accommodate different impact scenarios and temporal scales. Our risk assessment builds a full profile of vulnerabilities, including physical risk to facilities, infrastructure, and cultural resources; long-term natural capital risks due to wetland loss or migration; and community-based social and economic risks.

Integrated Perspective

As part of our coastal vulnerability assessment, we work with you to understand your position in the local community, from host country policies down to facility-level analysis. We specialize in analyzing the connections your organization has to stakeholders and external drivers that are unique to your operations and location. The external network of dependencies and impacts is critical for evaluating climate risk. Our assessments delve into second- and third-order effects, like the impact of wetland migration on threatened and endangered species. Our methodology can be integrated into cross-functional assessments to fit naturally within your plans and processes and be scaled to fit your needs.

Coastal Adaptation and Resilience

Once we identify risks, we work with our clients to provide adaptation strategies that include a range of options tailored to your needs. We perform cost-benefit analyses that compare potential solutions within a matrix of risk assessments and implementation costs. Recommendations may include developing protective services through infrastructure investments, working with local jurisdictions to develop land use tools that promote resilience, developing green infrastructure or conservation plans for storm surge buffering and habitat benefits, and identifying diverse partnerships and financing strategies for project implementation. Marstel-Day can assist with implementation strategies, especially if community engagement or partnerships are options for your organization. We provide tools for tracking your adaptation plans so that you can revise and extend your plan over time, with decision support systems customized to your operations and footprint.

“Climate change represents one of the greatest challenges of our time, with profound and wide-ranging implications for development, economic growth, the environment, and international security.”

Strategic Communications and Engagement

“A great number of visitors and stakeholders that participated in the Scoping Sessions commented on the professionalism of your team. The resulting interactive communications was well received by all.”

Marstel-Day’s communications specialists work side-by-side with our clients to design the most effective means for establishing and maintaining effective interaction. We recognize that a key element of a successful project is to communicate with stakeholders effectively and to engage them as early on as possible with the project. We integrate engagement strategies and communications plans into the encroachment planning documents that we prepare for our clients. We also have worked with our clients to design strategic engagement plans and stakeholder engagement plans.

Areas of expertise

Regulatory Compliance, Permitting, and Policy Analysis

Marstel-Day provides environmental and energy policy analysis, permitting, and compliance support services primarily to DoD, including:

  • Federal and State legislative and policy review
  • Archaeological Resources Protection Act
  • Endangered Species Act compliance and Section 7 consultation
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • Community Environmental Response Facilitation Act (CERFA)
  • Clean Air Act and General Conformity Determinations
  • Clean Water Act compliance (Sections 303, 401, 402, and 404)
  • Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) compliance
  • Energy Policy Act
  • Energy Independence and Security Act
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
  • National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 compliance
  • Noise Control Act
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Executive Order Compliance
    • EO 11988 Floodplain Management
    • EO 11990 Protection of Wetlands
    • EO 12088 Federal Compliance with Pollution Control Standards
    • EO 12898 Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations
    • EO 12902 Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation at Federal Facilities
    • EO 13123 Greening the Government Through Efficient Energy Management
    • EO 13186 Responsibilities of Federal Agencies to Protect Migratory Birds
    • EO 13045 Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks
    • EO 13327 Federal Real Property Asset Management
    • EO 13508 Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration
    • EO 13514 Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

“The direct and committed involvement by the representatives of Marstel-Day was a key factor in our ability to successfully conduct a workshop of this magnitude and importance. On numerous occasions throughout the Workshop, attendees expressed their sincere appreciation for the professional manner in which the workshop was organized, conducted, and supported by Marstel-Day. Clearly, much of the success of the Workshop came from the noteworthy support provided by Marstel-Day who we owe a great deal of gratitude.”

Smart Growth and Sustainability

imgresMarstel-Day’s staff has supported communities around the nation as they build their regional vision. We recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy balance among community interests and its desired uses of natural resources.  Our staff can help define the forces driving land use and development patterns such as: climate change, demographic shifts, transportation, energy needs, economic development, and public policies. Our planners, scientists, and GIS specialists work to provide communities with the best information, in a format that demonstrates the relationship among the various factors, while integrating the economic, social and environmental goals that drive sustainability.

Areas of expertise