Services Offered:

Environmental Assessments

Ecological Surveys

Wetland Delineations

Parkland Impacts/
4(f) Statements

Air Quality Analyses

Noise Analyses

Permitting

Strategies to Meet Federal, State and Local Requirements

Land Use and Zoning Analyses

Demographic and Socioeconomic Studies

Siting Studies

Traffic and Transportation Studies

Water Quality Analyses

Open Space Assessments

Archaeological Research

Aesthetic and Visual Impact Evaluations

Utilities Analyses

Alternatives Analyses

Mitigation Measures

Strategies for Public Acceptance

Public Presentations

Community Relations


Is a full environmental impact statement needed for the nation's largest hospital modernization, in Manhattan, or will a more targeted, less time-consuming and costly approach be appropriate?

What are the impacts on wetlands of widening a parkway in Westchester County, and how may these impacts be mitigated?

Will the traffic noise and mobile air emissions resulting from a proposed 1000-unit residential complex on the Hudson River comply with New Jersey planning guidelines for coastal areas?

Are the plans for an airport in Connecticut compatible with local and regional land uses and the airport's sensitive location on the coast of Long Island Sound?

What is required to obtain permits for reconstruction of several bridges, some of historic significance, in New York City's ecologically vulnerable upstate watersheds?

What is the most efficient and environmentally acceptable site for a federal courthouse in Brooklyn?

What are the comparative environmental impacts of a range of alternatives for managing and transporting New York City's medical waste?

Development projects, whether residential, commercial, institutional, industrial or transportation-related, may trigger an environmental analysis for a variety of reasons: size, zoning change, or potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Analysis may also stem from a discretionary determination by regulatory officials in response to public concerns. For some projects, targeted analyses, such as air quality or traffic studies, may be appropriate. However, many large projects necessitate full environmental impact statements that evaluate a complete range of issues.

As a disclosure document, an EIS becomes the basic reference on all conceivable aspects of a project and its existing and future setting. Environmental assessments, while less comprehensive than EISs in some areas, provide a similar means of identifying and evaluating the extent of environmental effects.

Since the EISs and EAs are rigorously scrutinized by review agencies and the public, and are often the means by which a project is challenged politically and in the courts, the complex multi-disciplinary information must be complete, accurate, and understandable by people of all backgrounds. Permit applications, which are also subject to legal challenges, must be thoroughly and scrupulously prepared.

Konheim & Ketcham's interactive analyses, from the inception of a project, involve the client, architects, engineers, attorneys, and, if possible, the public. This process enables anticipating problem issues at an early stage of planning, and helps the sponsor develop a project that is more compatible with its surroundings, more acceptable to the public, and better positioned to move rapidly through the permitting process.

Konheim & Ketcham prepares comprehensive EISs, EAs, permit applications and planning studies that speak to public concerns and address regulatory issues. K&K staff represent a full range of disciplines, including specialists in traffic, air and noise; wetland ecologists; land use, socioeconomic, cultural resource and environmental planners; and experts in community and agency communications and coordination. We also manage assessments of hydrogeologic conditions and subsurface contamination. When impacts are identified, we develop creative and effective measures to mitigate the effects. For the varied tasks of environmental assessment, we make maximum use of the most advanced analytical modeling tools, as well as geographic information systems, to develop the analyses and present our findings in formats that are useful and understandable.

Our technical strengths are complemented by our skill in presenting complex information to the public, working cooperatively with community leaders, and achieving the clients' objective in a timely way. While shortcuts are never recommended because they lead to inevitable revisions and delays, we emphasize costeffective approaches, and rapid turnaround on submissions to agencies.