Environmental Compliance

South Dakota Army National Guard (SDARNG) Golden Coyote EA and Training Site Biological Surveys
Black Hills, SD

Banner has completed a wide range of environmental services for the SDARNG including an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Golden Coyote training exercises and the biological surveys to update the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP). For the Golden Coyote EA, the SDARNG needed a NEPA document completed  for their collective, annual training exercises within the Black Hills area, known as Golden Coyote. The Black Hills area provides a realistic training environment to prepare for combat operations. Banner’s team members have worked closely with the SDARNG’s environmental staff in preparing an EA for training conducted annually over a five-year schedule at 16 proposed sites located within, or adjacent to, the Black Hills National Forest, Custer State Park, and Belle Fourche Reservoir. For the biological surveys to update the INRMP, Banner’s biologists and environmental scientists completed surveys at Austin Training Area and West Camp Rapid Training Area. The biological surveys included herpetological, mammal and bird surveys. The results were utilized to provide recommendations for management of the sites.

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Lewis & Clark Regional Water System – Madison Service Lines
Minnehaha and Lake Counties, SD

Lewis & Clark Regional Water System (L&C), a non-profit corporation composed of numerous municipalities and rural water systems, is constructing a water supply pipeline and associated well field, pump stations, treatment plant, and storage reservoirs throughout southeastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, and northwestern Iowa. The overall pipeline runs from a newly developed well field beside the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota to various existing water systems connection points located throughout the region. The completed pipeline system would be approximately 400 miles long, and pipeline diameters range from 6 to 54 inches. The project will provide a high-quality reliable domestic water supply to residents of 14 counties in southeastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, and northwestern Iowa. To date, construction is estimated at 78% complete, with the water treatment plant, the raw water pipeline, the well field, several miles of treated water pipeline, several water reservoir towers, pump stations, and meter buildings having been completed. Banner Associates is currently completing the wetland delineation for the Madison Service Lines- Segments 2, 3, and 4, and will be incorporating that information into a biological survey report for the project.

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Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Code and Plan
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, SD

With assistance and coordination efforts from the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Brownfields Coordinator, and Tribal officials, Banner’s Environmental group developed the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Code, meeting the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency and related Tribal laws and regulations. 

Banner continues its support of the Tribe with the development of the companion permit applications for special and industrial wastes on the reservation. Other implementing guidance of the new code will be in the Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan, which will be updated on an annual basis. Banner’s team is proud to be a part of this project.

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Bowes Construction Sand and Gravel Mine - Wetland Delineation
Brookings, SD

With plans to open a new sand and gravel mine to provide aggregate for sale, Banner provided services to assist Bowes Construction in obtaining a 404 Permit. The mine site contains approximately 3.2 acres of wetlands. Banner provided a wetland delineation, coordination, and alternative analysis report to the Army Corps of Engineers to assist the owner in obtaining a 404 Permit.

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