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E317 Comprehensive Data Management for HAZUS-MH

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities


12/12/2017 - 12/13/2017 
Basic NEPA: Law, Logic, & Language of teh National Environmental Policy Act
Location:  Kirkland, WA
Time:  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 
Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC)

Computer Classrooms in Seattle
10604 N.E. 38th Pl., Ste. 118
Kirkland, WA

NEPA Causing You Stress? Preparing NEPA documents can be complicated, but there are techniques and strategies you can use to make sense of the requirements and save you time. Don't miss your chance to understand the law, language, and logic of NEPA!

Attendees will learn the basic and fundamental principles of NEPA practice in this 2-day course all the way from what NEPA is and where it came from, through how it works and when it applies, all the way through scoping NEPA documents and techniques to review the adequacy of NEPA documents. Completion of this course is excellent preparation for getting the most out of our Advanced NEPA** course.

All NEPA processes are explained: Categorical Exclusion, Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI), and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Included is a substantial handout with graphic models, updated case lists that support the models, and sample documents. All materials are based on statutes, regulations, and NEPA case law. Attendees may wish to keep the course material to serve as a reference in the workplace.

Major themes include: how to make the findings required by law; how to make the finding of no significant impact in particular; the giving of reasons; timing the NEPA process to the decision making process; all good legal reasons not to prepare an EIS; scoping a reasonable range of alternatives; and an approach to the cumulative impacts analysis that complies literally with the regulatory definition of cumulative impacts. Discussions and questions are encouraged.

  • Writing the Perfect FONSI
  • Timing the NEPA process to the decision making process
  • Eight good reasons not to prepare an EIS
  • Writing the perfect EA or EIS
  • Writing the perfect ROD
  • Writing the perfect cumulative impacts analysis actions
  • Impacts
  • Administrative record
Target Audience: This workshop is designed to serve both as a comprehensive introduction for those new to NEPA and a refresher for more experienced professionals. The course is beneficial for federal agency staff and decision makers, attorneys, consultants, as well as members of environmental organizations and interested citizens who are concerned about the environmental effects of federal actions. Those who have taken this course in years past will benefit from updated materials based on the newest judicial opinions. Even those who have worked with NEPA their entire careers will stand to learn more about the secrets to successful NEPA compliance.

What to Bring: Pen or pencil, coffee mug, and a water bottle (to reduce waste). Drinks and snacks will be provided each day. Lunch will be on your own.

Owen Schmidt, BA, MA, JD, has more than 32 years of service with the Federal Government. He has served as Senior Counsel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the General Counsel in Portland, Oregon, where he advised the Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other USDA agencies in Washington and Oregon. He was also a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Oregon. Before joining USDA in 1991, he was an attorney for the Bonneville Power Administration, where he joined the legal staff after several years as an Environmental Specialist. Mr. Schmidt received his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College (1977), and a B.A. (1969) and M.A. (1973) in biology from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. Mr. Schmidt is a frequent author and lecturer on the National Environmental Policy Act. He served as a Vice-Chair of the American Bar Associationís Book Publication Committee for the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and as a Vice President for the Ninth Circuit, The Federal Bar Association. He was the Editor of Oregon Birds, a quarterly journal of Oregon Field Ornithologists, for 14 years (1985-99), and is a long-time member of the Oregon Bird Records Committee.

1.3 CEUs

$645 Standard Registration
$595 Govt. & Tribal Employees/Student/Nonprofit

Call (425) 270-3274 ext 103

Register here. Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any travel arrangements. Please review what to bring! 

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