BLN has one of the most knowledgeable and skilled Environmental Services departments in the country. Recent federal environmental policies have made it necessary for companies to utilize a team with the ability to address complex regulatory requirements. Our team has a thorough understanding of the environmental disciplines with extensive experience in key areas including resource management, agency coordination, and schedule/budget awareness. Our team has the ability to comply with all federal, state, and local regulations to ensure our clients obtain the appropriate approvals and permits to complete any project.
The BLN Environmental Services team is equipped to deliver a detailed and thorough evaluation of projects and confirm that any environmental concern is incorporated into the project definition. BLN performs all services in accordance with state DOT and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulation documents and manuals. Each team member has completed and maintained NEPA Certification through training sponsored the FHWA.
Services We Provide
- NEPA documentation
- Socio-economic impact assessments
- Sections 106, 4(f), and 6(f) analyses
- Section 7 Endangered Species compliance
- Floristic inventory
- Traffic noise analysis and barrier attenuation
- Wetland delineations and determinations
- Wetland and stream mitigation design
- Section 401 and 404 water quality permit applications
- Waters of the U.S. determinations
- Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
- Asbestos inspections
- Public involvement
Ohio River Bridges Environmental Projects
Beginning in 1998 with the environmental phase, BLN's project team maintained open lines of communication with the public that has lasted throughout the current phase of the project. BLN performed the $22.2M Environmental Impact Statement and coordinated over 40 subconsultants during the environmental portion of our work. This project has received numerous awards, including an Engineering Excellence Award from the Consulting Engineers of Indiana, the Top Project Start by ENR Midwest and Project of the Year by the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA).
Replacement of Putnam County Bridge No. 146
BLN developed the Categorical Exclusion environmental document and waterway permitting for this single-span Pratt thru truss bridge constructed in 1905, making it eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. BLN closely coordinated environmental efforts for this project with the State Historic Preservation Office and was able to facilitate movement of the structure to the Canal County Wabash and Erie Canal Association Canal Park in Delphi, Indiana. The structure was disassembled, restored, and reassembled as a pedestrian bridge across the Wabash and Elis Canal to connect the County Historical Society Museum and old stone barn. BLN also worked with INDOT Office of Public Involvement to host the formal public hearings for the project. Client: Putnam County, Indiana
Vascular Plant Inventory and Asbestos Inspections at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC)
BLN developed a vascular plant inventory methodology and inventoried all terrestrial vascular plants that are present on the facility, which included 550 acres within the MUTC. BLN coordinated with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife, and ensured compliance with the US Department of Agriculture. BLN conducted an extensive asbestos survey of many of the existing buildings at the facility. A number of these structures supported the facility when it functioned as an Indiana State Mental Health Facility.
New Interchange Construction on I-69 at Union Chapel Road
BLN developed the Categorical Exclusion environmental document, traffic noise analysis, barrier wall analysis, and waterway permitting. BLN coordinated with the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council (NIRCC) to incorporate a shared-use path that was constructed on the southside of the roadway. BLN also worked with INDOT Office of Public Involvement to host the formal public hearings for the project.
Replacement of Lake County Bridge No. 306 on Broad Street Over Turkey Creek
BLN developed the Categorical Exclusion environmental document and waterway permitting, which included impacts to wetlands in the project area adjacent to Broad Street, which required mitigation. BLN coordinated with the Shirley Heinze Trust to develop and maintain the mitigation area, acquire ownership of the mitigation property, and provide a long-term management plan for the site.
Replacement of Crawford County Bridge No. 42
BLN developed the Categorical Exclusion environmental document for this select steel historic truss bridge over Mill Creek, but in 1885. BLN coordinated the Section 106 evaluation with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to relocate the steel truss bridge to the privately-owned Sycamore Springs Park for use as a pedestrian bridge.