2021 NEPA Essentials Workshop

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Virtual Event

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California AEP’s NEPA Essentials Workshop is designed to inform consultants, regulators, applicants, and industry professionals on the basics of NEPA practice, as well as emerging trends and issues in practice, policy, and case law.

The curriculum will focus on the following topics:

- NEPA’s framework
- Determining NEPA application
- Required scope and content of NEPA documents
- Determining which NEPA pathway to follow
- Common NEPA mistakes and how to avoid them
- Integrating NEPA with other laws
- Recent policy and legal updates

5.5 AICP and 2.0 MCLE credits may be earned for attending this workshop.

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Members: $125
Non-members: $225

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For questions, please contact us at membership@califaep.org.


  • Lorraine Ahlquist, Rincon Consultants
  • Connell Dunning, US EPA
  • Melanie Ravan, Department of the Navy
  • Terry Rivasplata, ICF
  • Michael Smith, WSP USA


8:30-9:15amIntroductions and NEPA’s Overall Framework
9:15-9:45amDetermining Whether NEPA Applies
9:45-10:15amDeciding Which NEPA Pathway to Follow
10:30-11:15amNEPA Document Preparation & Review
11:15-12:00pmScope/Content of NEPA Docs: Purpose, Need & Alternatives
12:00-12:30pm   LUNCH BREAK
12:30-1:00pmScope/Content of NEPA Docs: Affected Environment and Environmental Consequences
1:00-1:45pmMitigation & Integrating NEPA with CEQA & Other Laws
2:00-2:45pmAppeals and Judicial Review
2:45-3:00pmQ&A and Discussion