Frequently Asked Questions
The environmental due diligence process sucks. Endangered species, wetlands, regulations, permits, and more must be considered. A Transect report is an online tool that provides the answers you need to help you proceed with your project in confidence. In just minutes, our reports provide:
- A summary of environmental concerns,
- Anticipated permitting pathways and timelines, and
- Recommendations for next steps.
Each report includes comprehensive, current data and is reviewed by an in-house environmental expert.
Any temporary or permanent impacts to land in the U.S. needs the information provided in a Transect Report in order to ensure that the project is in compliance with state and federal environmental regulations. And sure, you could "hold off on environmental" until a few weeks or months into the project to find out what environmental roadblocks you might face - but why wait when Transect highlights your environmental problems in minutes, without the high cost of a consultant?
Transect is not a Phase I ESA and does not provide the same information found in a Phase I ESA. A Phase I ESA searches for issues related to hazardous contamination liabilities and is conducted in accordance with ASTM Standard E1527-13.
Transect searches for risk associated with natural resources issues like wetlands, endangered species, historic resources, protected areas, etc., in accordance with the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, respectively (these are just the most-well recognized rules – we assess dozens of state and federal environmental rules for each project). Check out our blog post on this topic here.
We have hundreds of datasets in the platform, but we've listed a few here to give you an idea:
- Threatened and endangered species:
- Proprietary and agency-sourced species occurrences
- Designated critical habitat
- Probability zones
- Proprietary sub-county ranges
- USFWS ECOS ranges
- Migratory bird and eagle locations
- State species of concern data, where protected from incidental take
- Waterways and wetlands:
- National Hydrography Dataset
- National Wetlands Inventory
- 303(d) impaired waters
- Navigable waters
- State environmental agency areas of concern or permit required
- Historic and cultural resources data that is publically available, including cemeteries, historic districts, NRHP properties, etc.
- Protected Areas Database: public and private lands
- FEMA Flood Hazard Zones and FIRM panels
- ECHO environmental compliance data
- Setting data: vegetation, soils, geology, topography, watersheds, parcel boundaries, and more
- Transect Catalog™, which houses other environmental and setting data, including sensitive aquifers, transportation, infrastructure, and more…
We update most of our data quarterly or in accordance with the source data release schedule.
Additionally, we track many of our data sources on a daily basis, so when those datasets are updated by the agency, they are updated in Transect within 24-48 hours.
Collecting the data is only the beginning. You also need to know how the data affects your project. Transect developed custom algorithms to provide site-specific regulatory information for each Transect Report so that users can understand their regulatory risk in just minutes and proceed with confidence.
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Port scanning is prohibited at the infrastructure level.
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