Natural and Social Sciences
BIOLOGY, COMMUNITY IMPACT, WETLANDS/JURISDICTIONAL WATERS AND NEPA
The Natural & Social Science Section helps to protect the quality of life for humans and animals. Water quality, wildlife habitat and communities can be affected by transportation projects. Biologists predict short-term and long-term impacts and work to mitigate or minimize project effects.
From the desert tortoise in southern Nevada to the endemic Steamboat buckwheat plant in northern Nevada, NDOT biologists work to minimize and mitigate the impacts of transportation projects on Nevada’s ecosystems. Tasks performed by NDOT Biologists include:
- Oversight of deer and desert tortoise fence construction
- Conducting vegetation and wildlife surveys
- Revegetating areas disturbed by construction activities
- Performing wetland delineations
- Implementing noxious weed control measures
NDOT biologists ensure NDOT projects follow federal and state regulations concerning aquatic areas, vegetation and wildlife. The Biology Section oversees permits issued from the United States Army Corps of Engineers and consults with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under Section 7 and Section 10 guidelines of the Endangered Species Act.
Julia Ervin-Holoubek – Senior Wildlife BiologistTelephone: 775-888-7689
Jason Perock – Environmental Scientist III, BiologistTelephone: 775-888-7690
Community Impact Analysis and Environmental Justice are closely related. They focus on what effects transportation projects might have on:
- Communities and neighborhoods
- Types of land uses
- Social service facilities
- Park and recreation facilities
- Commuting and travel patterns
- Business access and development
- Local and regional economies and many other areas of interest or concern to people.
In particular, public participation throughout the NEPA process raises concerns about the effects a project would have on noise levels, air and water quality, open space, property, and other “quality of life” issues.
In addition to the above, environmental justice requires focus on whether or not a project would have adverse and disproportionate impacts to minority or low-income neighborhoods and communities.
Donald R. Naquin, RLA – Environmental Scientist IIITelephone: 775-888-7688
The National Environmental Policy Act is a federal law enacted by Congress in 1969. It is the umbrella under which different types of environmental studies are conducted to determine the impacts a proposed project may have on the human-made environment, the natural environment, and prehistoric and historic cultural resources. The NEPA process relates to many other federal, state and local environmental laws intended to protect, preserve or improve natural and human environments.
Chris Young, M.A., R.P.A. – Environmental Compliance ManagerTelephone: 775-888-7688