The specialists will provide their technical expertise in support of FEMA’s recovery projects within the designated disaster area to ensure that these actions comply with environmental laws, regulations, and Executive Orders.
o Review FEMA’s projects for compliance with environmental regulations and prepare environmental documents (e.g., Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements) as required in accordance with criteria in 44 CFR Part 10 – Environmental Consideration Regulations, and 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508 – Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations
o Conduct Biological Assessments and surveys to determine the existence of, and potential impact to, endangered species in accordance with criteria in 50 CFR Part 402 – Interagency Cooperation – Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended
o Conduct surveys, assessments, and reviews of other potential areas of impact such as water quality, wetland delineations, sole or principle drinking aquifers, prime farmlands, and other ecologically significant or geographically unique areas
o Perform analyses to ensure that all reasonable alternatives have been evaluated in accordance with criteria in 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508, and that these alternatives meet all Federal laws and requirements. The results of the study shall be documented in written reports based on guidance from applicable regulations.