Battleship TEXAS Dry Berth Project, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (AECOM)
Crouch Environmental Services and AECOM worked with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) and numerous stakeholders (including federal and state agencies, NAVSEA, and environmental, historic, and cultural groups) in the relocation of the 100-year-old Battleship Texas from the Houston Ship Channel in LaPorte, Texas, to a permanent dry-berthed home at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site.
TPWD owns Battleship Texas, and due to her current condition, her age, and a legislative mandate, AECOM is designing a permanent berth for the ship. Crouch Environmental Services and Crouch Communications served AECOM in provision of expert environmental and communications support for the Battleship Texas Dry Berth Project in Harris County, Texas.
Crouch Environmental Services performed an environmental assessment, permitting, and communication services in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Crouch Environmental Services' scope was broad, including project branding and key message development, facilitation of stakeholder workshops and NEPA public meetings, documentation and tracking of public comments and stakeholder contact, website development and production of video tools for a variety of uses. Crouch Environmental Services was able to navigate the controversy associated with this project and facilitate its forward movement by implementing the Description of Proposed Action Alternatives (DOPAA) process, an effective, but rarely used NEPA process.
The Crouch Communications team produced a total of five video tools for this project. For the production of the Battleship TEXAS Dry Berth Video Introduction, Crouch Communications won a Telly Award for its outstanding video production work in the “Government Relations” category in 2012. Crouch Communications also created and animated three‑dimensional renderings to illustrate and communicate the various dry berth options to target audiences. These three‑dimensional dry berth options were used in print and video materials to help manage expectations and build awareness about the dry berth project.
Mason Creek Hike and Bike Trail, Harris County Public Infrastructure Department
Harris County Public Infrastructure Department (HCPID) proposed to improve pedestrian and bike access surrounding Mason Creek and associated tributaries in southwestern Harris County, Texas. The project consists of grading, reshaping, and construction of a 10-foot-wide reinforced concrete trail and retaining wall, hand railing, relocation of storm sewer outfalls, and construction of two pedestrian bridges spanning Mason Creek. The concrete trails, which would connect to existing asphalt trails on the high banks of Mason Creek, were proposed to be directed underneath existing bridge crossings to improve mobility and safety to recreational pedestrians and bikers.
Crouch Environmental Services surveyed the location of the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) within the project area. Using the information obtained from the delineation of the OHWM, Crouch Environmental Services prepared a Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) for a Nationwide Permit and submitted this information to the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for approval. The PCN included a description of the project, a listing of anticipated impacts, associated drawings and figures depicting the project plans, and a Tier I Certification Checklist for Section 401 certification from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Crouch Environmental Services coordinated with the USACE to process the PCN within the 45-day government allotted timeframe for processing these types of permits. The PCN was approved by the USACE within a timeframe of less than 30 days.
5,000-Acre Lake Houston Wilderness Park, City of Houston (SWA Group)
The Lake Houston Wilderness Park is located north of Lake Houston along Farm‑to‑Market Road (FM) 1485 between US Highway 59 and Huffman‑New Caney Road, in the town of New Caney, Texas. The City of Houston, through SWA Group, proposed to construct recreational facilities, including hike and bike trails, picnic tables, sports fields, and an interpretive center.
Crouch Environmental Services was subcontracted through SWA Group to submit the necessary permit applications for United States Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 and 401 and a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), to authorize construction and development of access roads, trails, and an interpretative center. Crouch Environmental Services also conducted environmental surveys on the 5,000-acre site, including wetland delineation, threatened and endangered species assessment, and cultural resource records review.