June 2015: In This Issue
Olsson's newest professional engineers

Olsson's Jeff Mihulka (top) and Isaac Birocci (bottom) recently passed their professional engineering (PE) exams, and have been promoted to associate engineers.
Jeff is a member of Olsson's Water Resources team, and is based in Omaha. Isaac is a member of Olsson's Land Development team, and is based in Des Moines.
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EPA issues new rule for U.S. waters: Impacts for clients


By Joan Darling, Ph.D., Environmental Assessment


Anyone who has a project that could impact wetlands or streams is obviously concerned about the implications of the Environmental Protection Agency's new rule regarding U.S. waters. In reading the latest headlines, it appears that this rule may create very big problems, indeed. But let's move past the headlines and see what the rule really says, and what the rule potentially means to Olsson clients.


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A brief history of the Clean Water Act
In order to understand why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed the Clean Water Act rule, it's important to understand some of the history of the CWA, which was enacted in 1972.
Wildlife mapping helps greater sage-grouse preservation, industry growth
The greater sage-grouse. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
By Eric Petterson, Environmental Assessment

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under court order to decide by September 2015 whether to list the greater sage-grouse as a threatened or endangered species. This decision will apply to hundreds of millions of acres and will impact the oil and gas industry, residential housing developments, and mining operations across 11 states. Olsson Associates has been working with Garfield County, Colorado, to compile scientifically based and accurate data about the bird's habitats through habitat modeling to determine where protection is truly needed.

Renovations a 'home run' for Joplin's Joe Becker Baseball Stadium

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

Desiring to bring baseball back to a once very active venue, the City of Joplin has taken a "big swing" to revitalize the historic Joe Becker Baseball Stadium. Olsson was selected to help with the renovations.