Josiah Frey


Proposed 2017 Kentucky Water Quality Certification Limitation

Josiah Frey

Nationwide Permits are issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and are a type of general permit for impacts to streams and wetlands that result in minimal impacts. Every 5 years these permits are up for renewal and subject to revisions. Nationwide Permits have been revised this year. In addition to a federal revision, […]


Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Listed As Endangered

Josiah Frey

On January 11th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). According the USFWS1, the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee has experienced an 87% decline since the late 1990’s, which led to the listing. The USFWS has identified disease, pesticides, climate change, habitat […]


Kentucky Arrow Darter Listed as Threatened

Josiah Frey

On October 5th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed the Kentucky Arrow Darter, a small colorful fish found in high-gradient streams in Eastern Kentucky, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In addition to listing the Kentucky Arrow Darter as threatened, the USFWS identified critical habitat for the species in Breathitt, Clay, […]


Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Proposed Endangered Species

Josiah Frey

On September 21st, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed listing the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee as an endangered species. The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee represents one of 46 bumble bee species in North America and has reportedly seen an approximately 91 percent population decline since the early 1990s. It was once abundant in […]


Wetland Botany and Pokémon: Sharing Public Spaces

Josiah Frey

I am always working hard to improve my capabilities and sharpen my skills. Recently I began a professional training course that tests me on my plant identification skills allowing me to become certified as a wetland botanist. As part of this course I spend time every week venturing out into the field to identify wetland wildflowers, ferns, […]


Site Development and Endangered Species – You Have Options in Kentucky!

Josiah Frey

If you haven’t been through the permitting process on a site development project in a while, chances are you aren’t aware of the growing importance of threatened or endangered bat species on project timelines. For those of us working with telecommunications or mining industries, this has been on our radar for a long time and […]


Expansive Changes to the USFWS Mitigation Policy and How it May Affect You

Josiah Frey

Lost in the midst of Steph Curry’s exploits on the basketball court and the reality TV show that is the Presidential primary race, was a broad proposed policy change placed on the Federal Register last month by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing changes to their […]


The EPA’s New Enforcement Agenda

Josiah Frey

Last week, the EPA’s enforcement agenda for the next three years was announced. While it received little news coverage, the EPA’s enforcement agenda is where the rubber meets the road for the regulated community. This agenda identifies what sectors of the economy will be under tighter scrutiny when it comes to enforcement of environmental regulations. […]


Flint’s Water Crisis – An Environmental Professional’s Perspective

Josiah Frey

As the water crisis in Flint, Michigan has exploded on the national news, the question that I keep getting from family and friends is “how did this happen, and what should we do?” As an environmental professional and father, I have a vested interest personally and professionally in water quality and water infrastructure issues. Ultimately, […]


2016 Environmental Regulations Planning – A Look Ahead

Josiah Frey

As we approach the end of 2015 and consign it to the history books, our attention inevitably turns to what comes next in 2016. For many of us individually, this involves some thoughtful waxing and waning, but for most businesses the next steps are much more pragmatic. From a regulatory perspective, the first quarter of […]