JDQ has been preparing Environmental Documents since the 1980s and our current Chief of Environment wrote the first manuals for the Illinois Department of Transportation as head of their Environmental Section. In addition to the many reports he reviewed and approved during his DOT years, the firm has provided environmental services for highways near Springfield, Shelbyville, Hodgenville, Bowling Green, and Cloverport in Kentucky; and Thebes, Illinois. A current project is the management of Public Involvement for the US 20 Location Study – 48 miles of location for an expressway in northwest Illinois. JDQ began environmental work by conducting environmental studies related to highway planning and design. The first environmental procedures manual for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was written by our Springfield Branch Manager during his tenure as IDOT’s Environmental Policy Specialist and later its Chief of Environment. JDQ has been responsible for the full range of environmental studies associated with highway project development.

JDQ has since expanded its environmental capability into non-transportation areas. Many of our environmental specialists have worked in state and federal government agencies. They know how to interpret regulations and coordinate regulatory matters. Their success in handling controversial public projects has helped governments and businesses.


JDQ provides third party neutral mediation services to state and federal governments on environmental and transportation issues.  Our mediation team conducts a conflict analysis to first determine how best to reach agreement.  Their knowledge on legal, public policy, science, socio-economic, and engineering design matters helps expedite the mediation process.

Our team leader is on the United States Institute on Environmental Conflict Resolution’s roster of mediation specialists.

Mediation highlights include:


Unanimous agreement among all parties on an interstate highway         interchange design in Jackson, Michigan

Consensus agreement on an interstate alignment alternate in Dodge County, Nebraska that involved flooding and drainage issues involving the US Army Corp of Engineers


Consensus agreement on how to resolve contamination problems where hazardous substances are present at sites in Illinois and Ohio

Resolution of problems involving drinking water, health impacts, and property values