Environmental Science

Freese and Nichols has earned the reputation for providing clients with practical solutions to complex environmental regulations. Our biologists, ecologists, geologists, engineers, wetland scientists, geomorphologists, arborists, foresters, fisheries specialists, and GIS analysts can quickly assess environmental challenges and regulatory requirements. From there, we develop strategies to help you avoid or minimize costly and time-consuming regulatory obstacles.

Through our extensive project experience, we’ve built strong relationships with state and federal regulatory agencies. We routinely work directly with these agencies, and several of our staff scientists are their previous employees. These experiences have given us a thorough understanding of regulations, requirements, and agency preferences for compliance actions, permit applications, and document submissions. We work on your behalf to ensure accurate regulatory compliance and agency approvals, reducing both project risks and uncertainties.

Compliance and Remediation

We know complying with federal and state regulations can be challenging, so our environmental scientists stay up to date on requirements and seek out opportunities to reduce the burdens on your project. Our knowledge of regulatory programs, risk-based assessments and cleanups will guide your approach to remediate or redevelop your properties. We have conducted extensive affected property assessments and prepared construction documents to implement a wide range of remedial techniques.

  • Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments
  • Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP)
  • Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP)
  • EPA Brownfields Program
  • Investigation and data analysis
  • Development of risk-based cleanup levels
  • Hazardous and non-hazardous waste management
  • Remediation design and implementation
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Bois d’Arc Lake Due Diligence and Remediation Services

North Texas Municipal Water District

Former Riverside Wastewater Treatment Plant Closure

City of Fort Worth, Texas

US 64 Ecological and Hazardous Waste Studies

Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Texas High-Speed Rail

Texas Central Railway

Bush Turnpike Eastern Extension Hazardous Materials Services

North Texas Tollway Authority

Consent Decree Remediation Consulting

Formosa Plastics Corp.

National Metal Finishing Site Remediation

National Metal Finishing Partnership

San Antonio Airport Air Emissions Baseline Study

City of San Antonio, Texas

Permitting and Documentation

Whether your project is straightforward, like a bank stabilization project, or complex and controversial, like a high-speed rail line, Freese and Nichols can help you obtain the permits and documents you need. Our team has expertise in consideration of potential impacts to threatened and endangered species habitats; waters of the U.S., including wetlands; and cultural resources. We can help you locate and design your projects to avoid environmental issues, saving you time and reducing costs related to permitting and mitigation.

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents
    • Environmental Impact Statements
    • Environmental Assessments
    • Categorical Exclusions
  • Identification and delineation of Waters of the U.S. (including wetlands)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizations
    • Section 10
    • Section 404
    • Section 408
  • Phase II MS4 stormwater permits
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) for construction or industrial activities
  • Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) wastewater permitting
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Bois d’Arc Lake Permitting and Environmental Mitigation

North Texas Municipal Water District

Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvements, Third-Party EIS

Port of Corpus Christi Authority, Texas

South Texas Gateway Terminal 404 Permitting

Buckeye Partners LP

Texas High-Speed Rail

Texas Central Railway

Fort Hood Stormwater Master Plan

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion

Lick Creek WWTP Expansion TPDES Permitting

City of College Station, Texas

Relocation of Dallas Army Aviation Support Facility

Texas Military Department

San Antonio Airport System Stormwater Outfalls

City of San Antonio, Texas

Statewide Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Templates and Training

Texas Department of Transportation

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for Oklahoma City Airports

City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Transportation Bond Program Documentation

Hunt County, Texas

Vado West Floodplain Repair

International Boundary and Water Commission

Ecosystem Restoration

Our team is passionate about engineering with nature, working to implement natural solutions where feasible. We pursue solutions that work with ecological and geomorphological processes, require less direct maintenance over time, and cost less than traditional hard structures. Some of our more recent experiences include the largest compensatory mitigation project in the history of the Section 404 program; a federal mega-study to restore and protect much of the Texas coast; an oyster-reef living shoreline; and an award-winning tidal restoration project.

  • Living shorelines to protect resources and infrastructure
  • Stream restoration and wetland mitigation projects to offset project impacts
  • Wetland and floodplain restoration for water quality maintenance, flood abatement or nutrient retention
  • Bird nesting islands for conservation and resilience of declining species
  • Hydrological restoration
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Bahia Grande Rookery Island and Wetland Restoration

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bois d’Arc Lake Mitigation Plan (Riverby Ranch)

North Texas Municipal Water District

Middendorf Springs Wetland and Stream Restoration

North Carolina Division of Mitigation Services

Toledo Bend Shoreline Erosion

Toledo Bend Project Joint Operation, Texas and Louisiana

Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Mega-Study

Texas General Land Office

Hazard Mitigation Action Plan

City of Arlington, Texas

Magnolia Inlet Restoration

Texas A&M University