Benchmark assembled and managed a team of technical experts to address the complex logistical and environmental issues. The team considered that this linear project would be implemented over several years with a wide range of issues that would occur during construction, operation and decommissioning of the necessary pipeline facilities. The pipeline and supporting facilities were located in two separate counties; thus, Benchmark took the lead and coordinated and reconciled the two county’s different environmental review approaches. The project, while complex, was completed within the planned time frame and budget. The project was unanimously approved by both the Monterey County and Fresno County Planning Commissions.
The Benchmark Resources’ team developed a stormwater collection and groundwater recharge concept acceptable to both County staff and the applicant. Developing project-design options for a private project when under contract to a lead agency for environmental review is not a typical service provided the EIR consultants. However, both the County and applicant recognized that the Benchmark Resources’ team had the expertise and ability to most effectively develop the concept, and the concept was integrated into the project design.
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