In 1970, the federal government enacted the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to implement an environmental review process for federal or federally funded projects. That same year, shortly after NEPA was implemented, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was established to define procedures for environmental review and impact analysis of projects that need approval by local or state agencies. Both laws require that the potential environmental impacts of a proposed project be assessed, quantified, disclosed, minimized, and eliminated whenever possible.

Burleson has completed NEPA/CEQA studies for:

  • Department of Energy Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
  • US Bureau of Reclamation
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Municipal clients


To help SMUD comply with CEQA Guidelines, Burleson completed more than ten Initial Studies/Mitigated Negative Declarations. Our CEQA studies analyzed resource areas required by Appendix G of the CEQA Environmental Checklist, including air quality, aesthetics, biological resources, cultural resources, geology & soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards & hazardous materials, hydrology & water quality, land use & planning, noise, and transportation/traffic.

For large projects or those with more impacts, CEQA requires the preparation of an analysis under an environmental impact report (EIR). Burleson completed an EIR for SMUD’s East Campus Operations Center in Sacramento County that involved coordination with Caltrans and the Sacramento County Department of Transportation for traffic issues, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) for air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, and a floodplain study because the project was constructed in a county-mapped flood zone area.

Representative NEPA & CEQA Projects

Bureau of Reclamation

  • Del Puerto Water District EA, James Irrigation District EA, San Justo Reservoir Zebra Mussel Eradication EA, Tulare Irrigation District EA, & Westside Parkway Bridge EA/FONSI
  • Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Investigation
  • Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation

City of Stockton

  • Pacific Avenue Bridge Seismic Retrofit NEPA & CEQA Compliance

Foster Farms

  • Oncall Environmental Services

Major Utility

  • Humboldt Bay Power Plant AFC EA, Wetland Delineation, Biological & Cultural Resources Survey & Monitoring, and Coastal Commission Consultation


  • East Campus Operations Center EIR & Technical Studies
  • Hedge Training Facility Expansion IS/MND
  • Rancho Seco Nature Preserve Environmental Regulatory Support
  • Rancho Seco Wastewater Treatment Wetland IS/MND
  • Upper American River Hydroelectric Project Environmental Services


  • Beale Air Force Base Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) Environmental Assessment (EA)
  • Farmington Groundwater Recharge Program EA

Western Area Power Administration (Department of Energy)

  • CoSu Line EIS/EIR
  • North Area Vegetation Management EA
  • Sacramento Area Voltage Support EIS & Supplemental EIS/EIR

NEPA & CEQA Expertise

  • Agency consultation, interfacing, & permitting
  • Air emissions calculations
  • Air quality analyses
  • Biological assessments & surveys
  • Biological wetland surveys
  • California Energy Commission (CEC) coordination
  • Categorical exemptions
  • Climate change analyses
  • Compliance assistance
  • Cultural resources surveys
  • Endangered Species Act consultation
  • Environmental assessments (EAs)
  • Environmental awareness training
  • EISs & EIRs
  • Essential fish habitat analysis
  • Floodplain assessments & studies
  • GIS database & mapping
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) calculations
  • Habitat conservation plans
  • Hazardous waste & materials
  • Historic property surveys
  • Hydrology
  • Initial studies/mitigated negative declarations (IS/MNDs)
  • Land use assessments
  • Liaison with cities & counties
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act
  • Mitigated negative declarations
  • Mitigation measure development
  • Noise
  • Permitting (401, 404, 1602)
  • Petroleum, oil, & lubricant (POL) compliance
  • Project management
  • Public hearings, involvement, & scoping meetings
  • Quality assurance & quality control
  • Sections 7 & 10 consultations
  • Stormwater
  • Strategic environmental planning
  • SWPPPs (QSD & QSP)
  • Traffic studies
  • Underground storage tank (UST) compliance
  • Vegetation maintenance
  • Vernal pool studies
  • Wastewater
  • Water quality assessments
  • Wetland assessments, bank creation, delineations, & surveys

Client Satisfaction

"Burleson Consulting was excellent to work with and very professional. They assembled a top-notch team of experts to study and propose solutions to the water supply challenges at Sutter National Wildlife Refuge. The communication was excellent throughout the project. This included project staff, contracting personnel, and interested stakeholders. As a result, the project was completed on time and on budget. I would not hesitate to use or recommend Burleson Consulting in the future."Kevin Clancy, Project Manager – United States Bureau of Reclamation

"Burleson provided exceptional services under this contract. Because of their successful work, they were awarded a $7M follow-on IDIQ contract in 2014, that also encompasses biological monitoring at former Fort Ord. They have consistently improved their plant material collection and propagation techniques and pass the savings onto the federal government. Burleson is a valuable team member on Fort Ord and I feel that they are true stewards of the environment." William K. Collins, BRAC Environmental Coordinator, US Army Corps of Engineers

"Burleson has been able to work with several government agencies (to include tribal groups and natural resource trustees) and several responsible parties to assist in progressing this site to a stage where technical and agency concerns can be identified and resolved. Strengths – overall and in depth understanding of mine site and CERCLA dynamics. Deficiencies – none. I would not hesitate to use Burleson." Daniel McMindes, USACE Liaison to EPA, US Army Corps of Engineers

"Burleson helped to manage the Sacramento Area Voltage Support Environmental Impact Statement. They came through and were always available during an ‘energy crisis’ in California. I will continue to work with them."Loreen McMahon, Project Manager - California Public Utilities Commission

"We appreciated Burleson’s great work, re: completing the draft EIR on the scheduled date (it was a tremendous task, but they completed it). All of them put a lot of work into it (it was a true team effort). They should all be proud of this accomplishment given the changes and obstacles encountered along the way, and I cannot thank them enough."Glenn M. Shuder, AIA, CFM, Chief Architect - Project Director, SMUD

"We chose Burleson Consulting because of their experience with the specific project matter in technical and regulatory issues and for their record of excellent communication skills in complex, multiparty projects. They were responsive to the matter and were sensitive to all relationships between the parties involved."Kevin Mayer, PE, Project Manager - USEPA