Developing water supply may involve health approvals, engineering and design, water rights, community planning, environmental approvals and rights to land and water. We help individuals, businesses, small water systems, and municipal governments address key issues and identify a path to approval, including possible creative solutions like aquifer storage and recovery.
Individuals, businesses and utilities may need to secure rights to use water. Increasing competition for water has resulted in greater regulatory hurdles. We pride ourselves on careful analysis of existing water rights, and we work closely with our clients to navigate an increasingly complex regulatory landscape and identify cost-effective solutions.
Geothermal resources and renewable energy
We have developed laws, regulations and institutional recommendations for geothermal programs in the US and East Africa. We are currently conducting capacity-building workshops for regulators. Geothermal power generation is essentially a zero-carbon source of both baseload and dispatchable power, with minimal environmental impact and a lower footprint on the land than other renewables. We are also working to implement innovative mineral extraction technologies that can benefit a geothermal project’s bottom line.
Innovative energy solutions
We are experienced in district energy feasibility assessment and are currently working to implement microhydro and new low temperature geothermal technologies.
The regulation of wastewater depends on the size and source and whether wastewater will be discharged the environment or to utility infrastructure. Our experience includes permitting of wastewater discharges at small or large scale.
Reclaimed water (or “recycled water”) involves treatment of wastewater to a standard that is acceptable for a specific use. We participated in development of reclaimed water standards and implementation of one of the earliest reclaimed water programs in the United States, and design of innovative utility programs.
Knowledgeable, Results-oriented, Responsive
ONGOING COMMUNICATION. We start by listening carefully and asking questions, so we understand the client’s goals. Throughout a project or consultation, we update our client to ensure the project direction is consistent with their goals.
CAREFUL ANALYSIS AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL. We take pride in careful analysis of complex issues. Based on an evaluation of the specific facts and the applicable law, we develop potential strategies and offer our clients guidance on alternative approaches.
UNDERSTANDING THE TECHNICAL SIDE. We work regularly with professionals in other fields, and understand the technical issues essential to developing solutions.
ADDRESSING STAKEHOLDER ISSUES. With our diverse background working in the public and private sectors, we understand the perspectives of stakeholders. This helps us avoid unnecessary conflict and delay.
WORKING WITH MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAMS. We assemble and manage multidisciplinary teams in the US and internationally, and also add value to teams as a contributing member.