The environmental review process allows developers and the Tribe to examine a proposed project before it is started in order to prevent or minimize potential impacts to the environment and health of the community. The process, if followed objectively and thoroughly, will reveal any problems that might be associated with a development and permit actions to be taken to eliminate or minimize potential problems.
The review process can actually result in savings of time and money for developers when the costs that may be related to change orders in construction or loss of time due to delays are considered.
The environmental review checklist is to be used when a project qualifies for a categorical exclusion (Cat Ex). These projects usually include smaller construction projects (i.e. additions to existing structures), repairs, improvements, and reconstructions. These projects are not expected to significantly alter the environmental impacts of a site.
The Environmental Assessment Form is used for all construction projects that do not qualify for a categorical exclusion. These projects include large additions to existing structures, new constructions, and projects occurring in previously undeveloped areas. This is a more intense process and will require a public comment period before proposed projects are approved.
The Environmental Assessment Checklist and Form can be found in the "Download Word Doc. Files" listed on the right.
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division Posted: 2015.12.31