Author Archives: Jordan Schmidt

Lending services to non-profits makes me happy

At Banks Environmental Data, I have the opportunity to work on various environmental projects representing a wide range of applications for both public and private sectors. It is always a privilege to work on any environmental study whether it’s a … Continue reading

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City directory searches now providing more for less

A city directory search is a tool used by environmental professionals to identify historical tenants of nearby buildings, which aids in developing an understanding of the activities surrounding a target property. We are excited to announce that our city directory … Continue reading

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How to convert Google KMZ files and shapefiles into desired formats

In this post I will teach you how to convert a Google KMZ file into a shapefile. In addition, I will teach you how to convert an ArcGIS layer into a KMZ file for use in Google Earth.

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Funding slashed for FEMA Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program

Last August, we informed you that President Obama signed into law the Flood Insurance Reform Act, which introduced changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The legislation was implemented to improve efficiency of the program while equipping FEMA with … Continue reading

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Billboard technology in Peru provides clean water from atmospheric humidity

  It is amazing to see what a little ingenuity can do when combined with emerging technologies and creative minds. In this week’s post, I’d like to share a video that might make your mouth water. Many people in developed … Continue reading

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Urban vs. rural site assessments: Things to consider

  An urban environmental site assessment differs from a rural environmental site assessment in a number of ways. This post explores the differences between rural and urban ESAs and highlights data considerations when approaching site assessments in each setting.

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Interview with veteran Texas GLO consultant Lannie Stimson

First of all, would you briefly describe the primary responsibilities of the Texas General Land Office (GLO)? The General Land Office was founded in 1836 and is the oldest state agency in Texas. The GLO is responsible for managing and … Continue reading

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Texas lawmakers thirsty for water funding in 83rd Legislature

  Water remains a high priority for the members of the Texas 83rd Legislature session. According to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), an alarming 96% of Texas is currently experiencing drought conditions, with the statewide water reservoir only 67% … Continue reading

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Hydraulic fracturing and the chemicals involved

  Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” – a method for extracting natural gas from shale formations deep below ground – is currently a topic of frequent discussion. So what exactly is fracking? This video explains the basics of the process:

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ASTM and the development of environmental standards

  ASTM International, previously known as American Society for Testing and Materials, is an organization charged with facilitating the development of voluntary consensus standards. Although “American” is at the root of the organization’s name, over 12,000 standards have been created … Continue reading

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MIT researchers separate oil from water with magnets

  Since the BP oil spill in April 2010, there has been increased focus and debate on offshore drilling, including the economic and environmental impacts it presents. Although the United States has significant, proven onshore energy reserves at various shale … Continue reading

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Video demo: Point search vs. boundary search

  Have you ever wondered why there are multiple search buffers displayed in ASTM radius maps? Read this post to find out why. When conducting ESAs on large or irregular-shaped properties, it is important that you search the entire target … Continue reading

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Digital data allows new perspective on ESA investigations

  When conducting a Phase I Site Assessment, environmental professionals (EPs) are required to conduct a review of historical sources to determine the past-use history of a property and surrounding areas. These historical sources can aid in determining if there … Continue reading

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Three tips for quickly locating, mapping, and sharing any place on Earth.

  Have you ever attempted to identify the location of your target property but found it difficult because you lack the resources? If so, you may have also realized that it can be equally challenging to communicate your location with … Continue reading

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Introducing Environmental Prose: Insights on environmental due diligence

Hello! I see you are reading our new blog – you have excellent taste. Now that you’re here, you’re probably wondering what this is all about. A few of us at Banks wanted to create a platform where we can … Continue reading

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