Environmental Analysis & Documentation

Planning a project requires a thorough understanding of a project's purpose and need, the goals of the project's sponsor, and the natural, cultural, and socioeconomic context within which the project will be accomplished. Integrating these environmental "values" into the planning process allows for consideration of the potential impacts of a proposed action and any reasonable and prudent alternatives that would reduce or minimize such impacts to the maximum extent possible. It also affords the opportunity for public involvement in the decision-making process. For Federal actions, the planning process is governed by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); many states also employ a corollary process similar to NEPA for respective state actions (i.e., the Maryland Environmental Policy Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, etc.).

JMT is experienced in developing and managing small and large-scale NEPA and state documents, and has completed several of the following for local, state, and federal clients:

  • Categorical Exclusions (CEs)
  • Environmental Assessments (EAs)
  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)
  • Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSIs)
  • Records of Decision (RODs)
  • Section 4(f) evaluations
  • Natural Environmental Technical Reports (NETRs)
  • Alternatives analysis
  • Community outreach and public involvement programs

Our planners work in conjunction with our natural resource professionals to complete the necessary studies to analyze the affected environment and environmental consequences for any issue areas pertaining to the proposed project, including:

  • Traffic and transportation
  • Socioeconomic and Environmental Justice
  • Air quality
  • Noise
  • Energy
  • Natural resources (floodplains, wildlife and habitat, rare/threatened/endangered species, Waters of the U.S., water quality, geology and soils)
  • Cultural and historic resources
  • Hazardous materials
  • Aesthetics / visual quality
  • Construction-related impacts
  • Secondary and cumulative effects / indirect and cumulative effects


Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Produce Safety Rule

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JMT helped the U.S. FDA satisfy the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as the agency generated its first-ever Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Proposed Rule for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce.

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Georgetown to Lewes Pedestrian and Bicyclist Trail

JMT designed 1.1 miles of pedestrian/bicyclist trail along railroad right-of-way in Delaware.

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US 50 Crossing Study of Sinepuxent Bay

JMT prepared a detailed bridge crossing study of the Harry W. Kelley Bridge and US 50 roadway approaches into Ocean City, MD.

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Great Seneca Creek Tributary Restoration

JMT designed and permitted the first stream and floodplain restoration project to meet stormwater quantity peak reduction requirements in Maryland.

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NEPA Compliance for Sewer Infrastructure Improvements

JMT provided planning and environmental services to improve the execution of DC Water projects in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Scotts Level Branch Restoration

JMT provided precise restoration designs for two impaired stream reaches in Maryland.

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I-81 Reconstruction - Section 023

JMT designed the reconstruction of approximately 9 miles of Interstate 81.

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MD 4 Corridor Study

JMT performed a Stage I, II, and III project planning study to analyze the potential traffic and environmental impacts of widening a roadway corridor. 

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