Project Name: USFS EIS in Sumter National Forest

Summary:  3rd party NEPA contractor to prepare EIS for stream restoration project

Client: U.S. Forest Service

Project Location: Chester Co., Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

Project Size: Four watersheds; approximately 100,000 linear feet of stream

Services Provided:

  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Environmental Impact Statement
  • NEPA Public Scoping Process
  • Alternatives Analysis
  • Direct, Indirect and Cumulative Effects Analysis
  • Study Scoping & Plan Development
  • Habitat Assessment, Impact Study
  • Habitat Improvement Study
  • Agency Consultatio
  • Stakeholder Identification and Facilitation
  • Record of Decision

Project Timeframe: 2013 - 2014


Client Needs:
Duke Energy, LLC (Duke Energy) is constructing a drought contingency reservoir associated with the proposed William States Lee III Nuclear Station. This action resulted in the need for compensatory mitigation using stream credits from the Sumter National Forest. Duke Energy required a consultant to serve as a 3rd party contractor to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the USFS analyzing the effects of restoring approximately 100,000 linear feet of stream in four watersheds in Sumter National Forest, South Carolina. This project has an aggressive one year start-to-finish NEPA process timeframe.


Kleinschmidt Solution:
Kleinschmidt is responsible for developing the EIS, coordinating public involvement, facilitating USFS subject matter expert (SME) meetings, developing the reasonable action alternatives, addressing connected actions, and developing the Record of Decision and Administrative Record. During the review of project data, the Kleinschmidt team identified a proposed approach to the stream restoration that would reduce environmental impacts and overall restoration costs. This approach was adopted by the USFS as their proposed action.


Client Benefits:
Kleinschmidt is providing NEPA expertise to keep the project on schedule and on budget while providing multiple opportunities for public input. Kleinschmidt worked with the USFS to develop a range of reasonable alternatives that would meet the purpose and need of their Forest Management Plan.