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CASE STUDIES

Dawson & Associates is the nation’s leader in successful advocacy and technical services involving Federal land, water, endangered species, and other environmental issues. Since 1997, we have helped clients successfully resolve complex issues before Congress and multiple Federal departments. To learn more, please click on the links below.

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In 2007, Cordova Hills proposed construction of a planned community for 25,000+ residents on nearly 3,000 acres outside of Sacramento. From the outset, the company faced multiple challenges: Most of the proposed development was planned within the Mather Core...

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For more than 20 years, federal and state officials, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have managed the restoration and protection of the South Florida Everglades ecosystem. This effort includes the federal Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). 

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When federal authorities in California shut down a major bypass near Sacramento, the resulting problems overwhelmed local officials. With our help, residents gained federal approval and funding for a new bypass.

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Dawson & Associates helped Lee County (FL) save more than $1.7 million in mitigation costs on a highway construction plan.

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The U.S.’ largest electric holding company tried for 12 years to secure a federal operating agreement. In less than two years, the Dawson team helped negotiate more efficient solution for the company and federal agencies.

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A corporation facing litigation over Passaic River remediation hired Dawson to craft a solution. The joint partnership we designed expedited clean-up while dramatically lowering the client’s legal costs.

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The 2012 draught caused severe problems for shippers on the Mississippi River. A major shipper hired Dawson & Associates to expedite federal action.

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Our knowledge and strategy helped a client win nearly $1 billion in Defense Department contracts over five years.

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Dawson & Associates had a key role negotiating sections of the federal Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.  For more than a decade since, we have represented Florida agricultural interests on many issues relating to the law’s regulations.

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Panattoni Development Company (PDC), with co-developer DR Horton, had purchased 76 acres in suburban Sacramento with plans to develop commercial and residential properties.The site included about 5 acres of wetlands that had been degraded by past agricultural and flood control activities. 

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In 2014, The Pulte Group needed federal approval for a large development near the Florida Everglades. Pulte asked Dawson & Associates to help secure approval faster than the projected 18 months.

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As required by Sections 10 and 404 of the U.S. Clean Water Act, before pipeline construction may begin, the pipeline must have approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

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The nearly $300 million project has been under construction since 1990. In 2012, disagreements between the Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers involving project costs and funding led to a work stoppage.