PAST STAFF KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND PROJECT EXPERIENCE:
Worked closely and collaborated with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYS HCR) and Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) to implement a new DEC Freshwater Wetlands General Permit. This permit helped to expedite review and permitting process for homeowners impacted by Storm Sandy who had applied for federal and state funding to rebuild and repair homes that were located within the adjacent areas of NYS DEC designated freshwater wetlands.*
DIEHLUX served as the environmental compliance manager and employed "Lead" - level environmental inspectors during the pre-construction phase of the proposed 124-mile, 30-inch pipeline that will transport natural gas supplies from northern Pennsylvania to major northeastern markets..
Worked closely with Town of Somers, Westchester County & New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) to authorize the construction of a telecommunications facility. The Town permit and NYC DEP variance required a lengthy permitting process and extensive mitigation plan which included a three-year post construction monitoring plan.*
Performed timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) monitoring on the 182-mile and 30-inch Millennium Natural Gas Pipeline that stretches across the southern tier of New York.*
Reviewed and permitted hundreds of miles of National Grid right-of-way (ROW) to perform maintenance on overhead transmission lines located in sensitive areas throughout New York.*
Assisted hundreds of homeowners, small businesses and municipalities navigate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process to allocate thousands of dollars to rebuild post Storms Irene, Lee and Sandy.*
Successfully worked on, consulted with regulatory agencies and/or permitted projects in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Vermont, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, California, West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky..*
* denotes staff member completed project prior to employment at DIEHLUX, LLC
INITIATIVES IN PROGRESS:
Collaborating with local watershed officials, City and Town of Canandaigua board members and vested individuals/stakeholders to develop local code for protection of watercourses, waterbodies and wetlands within Canandaigua Lake Watershed and ultimately the Finger Lakes Watershed.
In working with clients throughout New York in the forestry, transportation, private land development, municipal, energy, and telecommunications markets, it has been made readily apparent to DIEHLUX, LLC that there is a need for an in-lieu fee program in NY to address summer clearing of trees that may be suitable habitat for the federally-listed endangered Indiana bat (IB). DIEHLUX is collaborating with United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), NYS DEC and industry officials to facilitate development of an Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) conservation fund for New York to avoid project delays and enhance/preserve IB habitat.
Collaborating with USFWS and telecommunications industry to develop a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Programmatic Agreement to expedite and minimize project reviews for the telecommunications industry.