water quality

2021 IEACA Environmental Training Virtual Symposium and Conference

October 5, 2021

The 2021 IEACA Environmental Conference will take place virtually October 5-6. This year’s theme is Working Together for Environmental Justice and Economic Prosperity.

The 2021 Annual Environmental Conference is presented by the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) and the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA).

While originally scheduled to be an in-person conference, the 37th Annual Environmental Training Symposium & Conference will now be virtual, and will feature 12 sessions on two tracks running simultaneously over two days. It will also include virtual networking opportunities on the conference app and several dedicated in-person events such as the San Diego Bayside Water Projects Yacht Cruise, allowing attendees to sign up for networking events that make the most sense for them. Panels will cover topics including air, hazardous materials, health & safety, sustainability, and water quality, with expert speakers from Southern California.

Past annual IEA conferences have hosted about 500 attendees from various professions such as environmental, health, and safety experts, NGO representatives, environmental engineers from public and private sectors, environmental consultants and attorneys, government affairs representatives, DoD, and many more.

For more information and registration, visit the conference website

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am

SCS Engineers Expands Ecological Service Capabilities for the Protection of Sensitive Natural Resources

July 11, 2016

Sensitive natural resources include but are not limited to the following: Threatened and Endangered (T&E) species and their habitats, wildlife refuges, wetlands, and tribal burial grounds. These are areas where federal or states have identified protected resources. SCS Engineers has the expertise and credentials to perform surveys for clients with projects requiring the identification of these sensitive resources, along with the regulatory permitting with specialization in threatened and endangered species, wetlands, and critical habitats.

Katie pays close attention during the release of a Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus).
Katie pays close attention during the release of a Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus).

Development and construction often occur near or within areas identified as sensitive natural resources. Responsible developers identify sensitive resources near or within their proposed project area as part of their development plans because protecting our nation’s natural resources is important. The protection of sensitive natural resources is the basis of the Federal Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and National Historical Preservation Act. Projects under consideration in sensitive areas require special permits; without which projects can be shut down causing costly contractor delays and schedule disruptions. Post-permitting and the associated fines can be severe, so even if you are not a conservationist, it makes good sense to complete the permitting process before breaking ground.

Up close and personal with the American Bury Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus).
Up close and personal with the American Bury Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus).

When considering a project in potentially sensitive ecological areas, SCS Engineers recommends a constraint analysis be performed. The analysis will determine if the proposed project location is within wetlands, critical habitat, threatened and endangered species range, and other potential constraints. If it is, SCS recommends that a site assessment is performed and initiate agency consultation to protect the sensitive resources.

Both the permitting process and the preliminary ecological assessments are not difficult but do require credentialed specialists. SCS has geologists, hydrologist, hydro-geologists, and environmental compliance professionals nationwide. SCS Engineers even has credentialed biologists for specialized threatened and endangered species monitoring and assessments for several species that include but not limited to the American Bury Beetle, Arkansas Shiner, Arkansas Darter, Topeka Shiner, Neosho Mucket Mussel, Rabbitfoot Mussel, Northern Longear Bat, and Indiana Bat in the Central U.S.

To determine if a project is within a sensitive natural resource area or to schedule an ecological consultation, contact .

About the Author: Vaughn Weaver

Vaughn_Weaver_SCS_Engineers-smVaughn Weaver has over 20 years of environmental services experience with a strong background in water quality and bio-monitoring and is currently a senior field technician at SCS in our Wichita office. He provides project assistance to a diverse team of environmental professionals made up of geologists, hydrogeologists, engineers, chemists, and biologists. His responsibilities include surveying project sites, mitigation monitoring, well sampling and monitoring, and report writing for clients.

In addition, he has 15 years of water quality experience with National Pollution Discharge and Emissions Systems (NPDES) for point source and non-point source permits. Vaughn is also a Certified Wetland Delineator – USACOE.

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality issued a notice of final adoption of revised Water Quality Rules and Regulations.

September 29, 2015

Wyoming water quality rules and regulations
Professionals at SCS Engineers are available to help with questions pertaining to how the rule adoption could impact your business.

The Environmental Quality Council adopted the revised rules at a public hearing in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the final rule was filed with the Wyoming Secretary of State on September 15, 2015.

• Chapter 8, Quality Standards for Wyoming Groundwaters;
• Chapter 13, Class I Hazardous Waste and Non-Hazardous Waste Wells Underground Injection Control Program;
• Chapter 16, Class V Injection Wells and Facilities Underground Injection Control Program;
• Chapter 27, Underground Injection Control Program.

Copies of the Water Quality Rules and Regulations are available electronically on the Wyoming Secretary of State website and professionals at SCS Engineers are available to help you with understanding compliance and your specific questions pertaining to how the rule adoption could impact your business.

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Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am