Zephyr performed ecological services to secure federal permitting and conduct permit compliance for a newly constructed 410-mile petroleum pipeline in Texas. Zephyr initially conducted a habitat analysis of the entire proposed right-of-way to identify potential impacts to threatened and endangered species and worked with the client to implement avoidance and minimization measures. Zephyr also worked closely with species experts to formally define habitat for two specific species. This effort resulted in “no effect” determinations for five species (Navasota ladies-tresses’, red-cockaded woodpecker, black-capped vireo, least tern, and large-fruited sand verbena) from consideration and the mitigation for two species (Houston toad, golden-cheeked warbler).
This project ultimately involved acquisition of a Clean Water Act permit and formal Section 7 consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for project impacts to two federally protected species. Zephyr developed compensatory mitigation for both species and coordinated with USFWS and the recipients. Zephyr was also responsible for maintaining permit compliance which required approximately 10 months of endangered species surveys and monitoring during preconstruction, construction and post-construction. This project resulted in the confirmation of a new and significantly large population of Houston toads and required no work stoppage for our client.