Skagit Airport Runway Expansion

Improve runway safety for pilots, passengars, and staff at the regional airport.

NES worked with the Port of Skagit and the project team to permit runway improvements for the Skagit Regional Airport. The projects are part of Skagit’s commitment to meet growing demand and maintain safe, modern standards. NES worked with the client to understand their unique economic goals, site safety constraints, and federal regulatory requirements.

NES used a variety of mitigation tools tailored mitigation to best suit each project. During the first phase, NES prepared documentation to obtain approval for a wetland exchange under the regional advanced mitigation agreement — Skagit Wetland Industry Negotiations (WIN). During the second phase, NES completed a Clean Water Act (CWA) 404 Individual Permit process for additional Runway Safety Area (RSA) improvements. As part of the process, NES negotiated and helped receive approval for the purchase of mitigation bank use credits.

NES advantage

  • Supported the Port through the entire process from feasibility and permitting to regulatory compliance and project completion in order to optimize their expansion goals.
  • Provided scientifically sound, defensible information.
  • Interpreted complex and unique regulatory rules including FAA requirements and multi-agency advanced mitigation agreements.
  • Successfully negotiated sophisticated agreements including advanced mitigation amendments and 404 Individual Permits using bank credits.
  • Worked with multiple consultants to produce a cohesive strategy and design.

NES provided both the technical knowledge and sharp regulatory skills needed to guide our project through a complex permitting and mitigation process.  -Sara Young, Director of Planning and Facilities, Airport Manager