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If you're attending the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Arizona's Roads & Streets conference in Tucson this week, be sure to visit Tierra at Booth #13! Held from April 12 to 14 at the Westin La Paloma Resort, Roads & Streets is one of our favorite annual conferences. At this year's conference, our Southern Arizona Right of Way Operations Manager, Myrlene Francis, SR/WA, will be co-hosting a presentation entitled Understanding Transportation Design Impacts on Real Property Acquisitions along with Beth Abramovitz, P.E., and Paul Bennett, P.E., of Pima County. The session will discuss the importance of including an Agency’s real property team in the development of the technical design from a project's outset, as well as how to significantly reduce acquisition costs through collaborative effort. Don’t miss it, Thursday, April 13, at 4 p.m.!

Learn more at the conference website: See you there!

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Tierra Senior Biologist and Permits Coordinator Tim Jordan put together this article on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Nationwide Permit Program and compliance with the Clean Water Act for the latest issue of the Tierra newsletter. Renewed on a five-year schedule, the last batch of 2012 Nationwide Permits expired in March of 2017. 

Proponents of construction, utility, or development projects that include disturbance within streams, including the typical ephemeral variety found throughout the American Southwest, are required to conduct the stream disturbance in compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972. But what exactly constitutes “stream disturbance,” what exactly is a “stream,” and what specific type of permit is necessary?

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We profiled Tucson-based Cultural Resources Field Director Jeff Jones and his love of vintage vehicles and historic hot rods for the latest issue of Tierra's quarterly newsletter. Sign up for Tierra's newsletter to have it delivered directly to your inbox!

When vintage cars are found during archaeological surveys, Tierra's Jeff Jones is the guy to call. Jones has been working in archaeology for nearly three decades, but for more than five, he's been restoring vintage cars and modernizing them into speed demons with kick. He knows everything you ever wanted to know about cars and can build one from the chassis up. The older, the better-he sees right past the rust-and he's bought, rebuilt, and sold dozens of near-goners to prove it.

Jeff's uncle was a hot-rodder and machinist who built racecar suspensions for a living in Modesto, California. That's hundreds of miles from Buckeye, Arizona, the small town where Jeff was born and raised, but Jeff was around him enough to acquire solid skills working on cars, both by watching and by doing.

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