Announcing the Launch of BRI Environmental
As renewable energy sectors in the United States continue to grow, the demand for natural resources consulting services will remain high. The environmental due diligence and permitting process is a rigorous, multi-tiered effort and requires a wide range of expertise and collaboration.
BRI has long prioritized the need to advance emerging natural resource sciences and we are now pairing that with practical project applications. We have initiated this new group specifically to increase our capacity to meet local demand for renewable energy development services and are excited to announce this new collaborative venture.
Our extensive experience permitting projects across New England and North America includes wind energy, solar energy, high-voltage transmission lines, hydropower, infrastructure projects as well as residential and commercial development.
For more information, contact:
Dale Knapp, Principal
We are pleased to announce the combining of our team of biologists with a group of experienced consultants and renewable energy experts into a new division of Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI). The newly formed BRI Environmental, based in Portland, Maine, offers a full suite of services that will increase our capacity and capability. The services BRI Environmental offers are listed below.
Photo: A BRI field scientist delineates wetlands in support of a solar energy project.
Our team has assisted clients throughout the Northeast region on a wide variety of projects related to permitting for energy generation and power delivery, both on and off-shore. The environmental due diligence and permitting process is complex, and it is critical to successful project development and operation. With our deep background and range of expertise, we provide due diligence and project permitting services that our clients can rely on.
New Englanders take great pride in their natural resources. When selecting a site location, there are a myriad of resources that must be recognized and understood. Our team has mind for resources—discerning important characteristics ranging from project viewshed and site access, to critical lay-of-the-land factors and presence of important natural resources, to relationships with scenic and historic areas. Our love for resources and attention to detail ensures top-notch natural resource survey services.
BRI biologists have a close understanding of how different forms of wildlife interact with their environment, from specific habitat needs and behavior to current status and threats. Our wildlife background enables us to design and conduct effective wildlife surveys, even in complicated circumstances and complex environments, to evaluate species presence and use patterns, and to assess any risks that proposed projects may pose to wildlife. Our products and expertise have long been trusted in the industry to inform discussions and consultation on ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the potential impacts of proposed projects on wildlife.
One of the most critical components of any permitting process is effective consultation with State and Federal Agencies, municipalities, citizens, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders. Here at BRI, we understand the importance of these communications. We work alongside various agencies and stakeholders to understand and address their needs and concerns. We have a track record for creative, effective solutions that serve both developers and stakeholders.
Compliance monitoring is an inherent component of operation for any renewable energy facility. Our team has expertise in monitoring both during and after construction to ensure that environmental regulations and permitting conditions are being met. We have performed everything from decades-long avian and fisheries compliance work on Maine’s hydro reservoirs, to cutting-edge studies to assess wildlife use at offshore wind facilities. Whatever compliance monitoring needs are assigned to any project—we have the background and resources to meet the task.
Proper civil and stormwater design is a critical milestone in the engineering process for any proposed development. A good design minimizes impacts to natural resources to the greatest extent practicable. Balancing the installation of infrastructure for project construction and operation while preserving existing landforms as much as possible, while also complying with Maine stormwater rules is a great challenge—one that can be further complicated by particular environments such as high elevations. Our team understands these complexities and provides dependable natural resource delineations to inform civil design and stormwater planning for any project.
Our newly assembled team, consisting of experienced consultants and renewable energy experts, integrated with our accomplished wildlife research biologists crystalizes to provide powerful and capable comprehensive project management for any project we undertake.
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