Field Notes
BA or BE, What’s the Difference?
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – Jan 13, 2012
People both inside and outside the company ask me at least a dozen time a year about the difference between a Biological Assessment (BA) and a Biological Evaluation (BE). The easiest way to remember is to think about it in this way: The BE is ‘Easy’ and results in a ‘no effect’ and the BA is the...

Why GeoEngineers Does What It Does
By – Jan 5, 2012
I’ve been thinking about change, leadership and innovation. During some recent reading and video-viewing, I was inspired by this TED talk by Simon Sinek, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” Sinek’s primary point that stuck with me is that if a company can figure out WHY they exist, or WHY they...

Geoengineering at a Crossroads
By – Jan 5, 2012
Here is an interesting read for those with a background, or interest, in earth sciences and engineering... The following is an excerpt from the executive summary of this National Academies Press report, Geological and Geotechnical Engineering in the New Millennium: “The field of...

New Year’s Wish
By Kurt Fraese, LG – Dec 29, 2011
Welcome 2012! I want to share with you a wish I have for the new year—that is, for our society to increase the value it places on science and the application of engineering. Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is particularly relevant when it...

Still More Reasons to Get Outside!
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – Dec 27, 2011
Last month I wrote a blog post about the advantages of spending time outdoors. In researching this topic further, I found diverse sources that tie even short amounts of time outdoors with improved health, learning ability, self-esteem, mood and thinking power: “The more high-tech we become,...