Dry Lake Wind Environmental Support
The first commercial-scale wind power project in Arizona will generate enough power to support 15,000 homes in metropolitan Phoenix. The full project covers about 6,000 acres, but uses less than two percent of the total acreage, leaving the majority of land for cattle grazing. The 30 wind turbines that comprise Phase 1 of the project are built on a combination of public and private lands in Navajo County, Arizona, a combination of land ownership that forged a strong public-private partnership to move the wind project forward.
With major portions of the project on federally-managed lands, the project required environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). We provided this support with a series of studies, reports, surveys and reviews that paved the way for installation of the 30 412-foot-tall wind turbines. We evaluated the National Registry eligibility of 33 archaeological sites, surveyed more than 2,000 acres for cultural resource assets, evaluated habitat and potential land use conflicts and described geologic and soil conditions in the project area. The work was summarized in a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment report and a project-specific Environmental Assessment tiered from the BLM Wind Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.