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David Batts

David Batts

Principal at EMPSi

Location
Greater Denver Area
Industry
Environmental Services
Current
  1. EMPSi Environmental Management and Planning Solutions Inc.
Previous
  1. Tetra Tech,
  2. Wildland Resources Center, Univ. of California,
  3. Alaska Wildland Adventures
Education
  1. Michigan State University
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EMPSi Environmental Management and Planning Solutions Inc.

EMPSi Environmental Management and Planning Solutions Inc.

Principal

– Present

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Background

Summary

David Batts, a founding Principal of EMPSi, has over 20 years of experience working on controversial and time-sensitive projects. He is a natural resource and environment impact assessment expert with extensive experience in natural resource planning (e.g., RMPs), environmental impact assessment, river restoration, wetland delineation and mitigation, biological surveys and habitat assessment, economic analysis, public involvement, and regulatory permitting. Mr. Batts has contributed to 200 resource management plans, environmental impact statements (EA and EIS), biological and wetland assessments, and other documents subject to review under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act. He has successfully completed numerous complex and controversial EISs for a wide variety of clients covering both local and nationwide projects. His NEPA documents are of the highest quality; none of which have ever been litigated and many of which have received a “Lack of Objective – LO” ranking from the EPA, their highest rating.

He is certified on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution’s National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals and he has been providing environmental training services for over ten years.

Specialties: Public outreach, facilitation, environmental compliance, NEPA, environmental impact statements (EIS and EA), biological surveys, resource management planning (RMP), permitting, renewable energy, training, recreation planning, river restoration, wetlands, and resource economics.

Experience

Principal

EMPSi Environmental Management and Planning Solutions Inc.
– Present (8 years 7 months)

Provide environmental compliance and permitting services for energy and water projects throughout the US, and natural resource planning for over 250 million acres of federal lands. Program manager for multiple blanket purchase agreements, including the $10M scientific and technical services contract with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Project manager of numerous high-profile projects including the DOI and USDA National Sage Grouse Planning Strategy, national geothermal leasing programmatic EIS, the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System, and the Arizona restoration design energy project.

Director

Tetra Tech
(13 years)

Researcher

Wildland Resources Center, Univ. of California
(1 year)

Served as a researcher to assess socioeconomic and environmental impacts from on proposed natural resource policies, including conserving the California spotted owl.

Natural History Guide

Alaska Wildland Adventures
(2 years)

Led conservation/educational outdoor trips throughout Alaska, with an emphasis on the Kenai River watershed and Denali National Park. Taught Alaskan flora, fauna, natural history and environmental issues to small groups of all ages.

Organizations

Lyons Ecology Board

– Present

Boulder County Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee

Certifications

National Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professional

U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
– Present

Jurisdictional Wetland Delineation

Wetlands Training Institute, Inc.
– Present

Proper Ecological Functioning Condition Assessment

Bureau of Land Management
– Present

ePlanning 2.0

Bureau of Land Management
– Present

Publications

Smart Permitting of Geothermal Projects on Federal Lands(Link)

North American Clean Energy
July 2011

Geothermal permitting on federal lands, from leasing to development, is a complex undertaking. This article explains the development process, summarizes trends and changes in the regulatory environment, and provides tools to help facilitate the permitting process, including EMPSi's Constraint Assessment for Siting (CAS) model.

Authors:

Hope for a Living River: A Framework for a Restoration Vision for the Rio Grande.(Link)

World Wildlife Fund
2003

To foster discussion about a sustainable future for the natural and cultural heritage of the Upper Rio Grande Basin, this report frames the opportunities, issues, and constraints for restoration of the Rio Grande, from the headwaters, to Candelaria, Texas.

Authors:

Conserving the California Spotted Owl: Impacts of Interim Policies and Implication for the Long Term

Wildland Resource Center, University of California, Berkeley. Report #33
May 1994
Authors:

Skills

  • NEPA
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Wetlands
  • Renewable Energy
  • Public Outreach
  • Training
  • Recreation Planning
  • Natural Resource...
  • CWA
  • Endangered Species
  • Remediation
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Natural Resources
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Issues
  • Wildlife
  • Water
  • Wildlife Management
  • Watershed Management
  • Environmental Impact...
  • Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Environmental Science
  • Climate Change
  • Ecology
  • Habitat Restoration
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Honors & Awards

Innovative Energy Award

Climate Change Business Journal

Restoration Design Energy Program EIS and Land Use Plan Amendments - Project Manager

Project Merit Award for Energy and Infrastructure

Environmental Business Journal

Programmatic EIS for Geothermal Energy in the Western US - Project Manager

Inc. 500|5000

Inc. Magazine

500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies; EMPSi ranked 15th in the environmental services sector.

Zweig Letter Hot Firm List: 2012 and 2013

ZweigWhite

EMPSi recognized two years in a row as one of the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms.

Gold Medal for Environmental Consulting

Environmental Business Journal

Outside Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work

Outside Magazine

EMPSi Ranked #2

Education

Michigan State University

MS, Natural Resource Mgt

Acequia Madre

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