RPI’s multidisciplinary knowledge and understanding in the fields of geology, ecology, resource management and mapping, environmental toxicology and spatial planning contribute to the sustainable, intelligent and innovative designs of coastal and marine projects, while preserving the quality and minimizing impacts to habitats, biological resources and the environment as a whole.

RPI offers the skill and experience to guide a project through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and ensure project compliance as defined by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508) and the resulting agency-specific implementing regulations. Our NEPA experience includes Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Statements, as well as Biological Assessments under the Endangered Species Act, and consistency evaluations for regulations such as the Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act

Our Services:

  • We work closely with clients in finding strategies that balance the development of projects in coastal and marine environments with sensible ecosystem protection and effective resource management
  • We perform comprehensive analyses on the potential impact of development and engineering projects related to renewable and non-renewable resources that inform the implementation of specific conservation and mitigation measures, and future decisions
  • We utilize our knowledge and understanding of site-specific conditions and environmental issues to facilitate the development of cost-effective approaches to coastal zone and resource management
  • We take a rigorous approach to science and technical writing has also proven effective in preparing and/or reviewing projects for regulatory compliance that will be used to inform agency decision-making

We have demonstrated experience in the following areas:

  • Coastal Zone Management
  • Engineering Support
  • Coastal Geomorphology Studies
  • Offshore and Alternative Energy Development
  • Shoreline Change Analysis
  • Direct, Indirect, and Cumulative Impacts & Mitigation Measures
  • Monitoring Efforts
  • Consequence Analysis
  • Preparation of Administrative Records

Related Projects:

  1. BOEM Oil Spill Literature Syntheses
  2. BOEM Environmental Support
  3. Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
  4. Federal Agency Consultations for Coastal Debris Removal Following Hurricanes, NOAA Marine Debris Program
  5. Draft Regulations for Prevention of Coastal Erosion in Oman
  6. Artificial Reefs Site Selection and Design Study
  7. BOEM Worldwide Synthesis Alternative Energy
  8. Development of a Climate Change Vulnerability Tool for the National Natural Park “Corales del Rosario y Bernando”, Colombia
  9. Al Gharbia Master Plan Physical Setting Characterization
  10. Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Keta Sea Defense Works Project
  11. Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS)
  12. Biological Assessment for RRT4 preapproval plan
  13. Floodplain and Instream Habitat Analysis in Support of Minimum Flows and Levels for the St. Marks River Rise, Wakulla, and Sally Ward Spring Systems
  14. Jeddah Coastal Pollution Assessment
  15. Caribbean and Pacific Islands Abandoned Vessel Surveys
  16. Abu Dhabi Habitat Mapping Change Analysis
  17. Route Selection and EIS for Electrical Transmission Corridor, Costa Rica

Related Publications: Sustainable Development

Huyster, M., A. Bejarano, and J. Michel. 2017. Improving biological assessments and consultations for Regional Response Team Preauthorization Plans: An example with Federal Region 4. Proc. 2017 Intl. Oil Spill Conference, American Petroleum Institute, Wash., D.C., pp. 589-604. http://ioscproceedings.org/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2017.1.589

Bejarano AC, Toline CA, Horsman JL, Zarza-González E, Cogollo K. 2016. A Climate Change Vulnerability Framework for Corales del Rosario y San Bernardo National Natural Park, Colombia. Climate Research. 70:1-18. http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/cr/v70/n1/p1-18/

Bejarano, A.C., J. Michel, J. Rowe, Z. Li, D. French McCay, L. McStay and D.S. Etkin. 2013. Environmental Risks, Fate and Effects of Chemicals Associated with Wind Turbines on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Study BOEM 2013-213. 181 pp. https://www.data.boem.gov/PI/PDFImages/ESPIS/5/5330.pdf