Environmental consulting services are the core of our business. Our experienced staff guides projects, from start to finish, through the myriad federal, state, and local regulations.
The environmental review process in California is notably complex and challenging. GrassRoots navigates the multitude of decision points, agency requirements, and public interactions involved with projects that require compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). No matter how large or small the project is, GrassRoots works with you to determine the appropriate level of environmental review and prepare the required studies.
GrassRoots archaeologists and historians have evaluated numerous cultural resources for California and National Register eligibility. We regularly receive concurrence with our findings, allowing critical infrastructure and development projects to proceed while minimizing potential schedule delays and cost overruns.
Consultation with the Native American community and other cultural groups is an important requirement of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which applies to any project subject to federal environmental regulations (including projects that require a permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act). GrassRoots archaeologists are highly skilled in proactively addressing heritage concerns within the often- challenging context of important development efforts.
Assembly Bill 52, which took effect on July 1, 2015, establishes tribal cultural resources (TCRs) as a new category of resources under CEQA. Under AB 52, lead agencies must formally consult with federally recognized Indian tribes to determine whether impacts resulting from a proposed project would have the potential to cause a substantial adverse change to a TCR. This consultation must begin before the environmental document is released, and is separate from the consultation process required under Section 106 and the CEQA notification process. The lead agency’s requirement to consult extends to the drafting of mitigation measures to be included in the environmental document.
GrassRoots archaeologists can assist your project team in deciphering and complying with this new, still-evolving regulation.
Senate Bill (SB) 18 requires cities and counties to consult with California Native American tribes before adopting or amending general plans, specific plans, or when designating lands as Open Space. Our experience on projects subject to SB18 and our skilled proactive approach to working with Native American governments can enhance and facilitate the SB18 consultation process itself and minimize potential delays in critical agency planning efforts.