Client Successes Oct 19, 2015

Critical Ecosystem Restoration Contract Secured by BB&K Team for Texas City

BB&K’s Gerard Lavery Lederer, John D. Freshman and Annick C. Miller Rivera teamed up to help secure contract

Best Best & Krieger LLP Partner Gerard Lavery Lederer, Senior Director of Governmental Affairs John D. Freshman and Legislative Assistant Annick C. Miller River helped the City of Laredo, Texas obtain an ecosystem restoration contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The $2.44 million contract was awarded to both Laredo and a private company as part of a cost-share partnership to restore and preserve part a swath of land along the Rio Grande river bend in Laredo.

The BB&K team facilitated the contract to ensure the wildlife and ecosystems of the 77-acre Laredo Riverbend site are protected. The area is a critical migration, foraging and breeding ground for a myriad of species, including three listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In addition, nonnative plants, stormwater erosion, recreational use and trails and roads have degraded the corridor. All of this will be addressed with this project, which includes plans to improve the river’s connection to surrounding water bodies and permanent nesting spaces for birds in the middle of two ponds.

This project is an example of BB&K’s ability to combine legal and advocacy services to ensure strong partnerships with great outcomes for our clients.

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