Projects and Related Experience

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Project Name: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Client: Parametrix, Inc.
Project Description:  Performed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM) downtown building.

Project Name:  Quarterly Storm Water Inspections
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Client: BSI Services and Solutions (West) Inc.
Project Description:  Perform quarterly storm water inspections in assistance with environmental compliance for a construction facility.

Employer: Tetra Tech, Tech Services Division, Southwest Surface Water Group
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Job Description: As a member of the Technical Services Division of Tetra Tech, I assist in the collection of environmental and hydrological field data, and perform Phase I Environmental Site Assessments on an as-needed basis.

Project Name: EPA Urban Waters Program, Middle Rio Grande
Location: Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Client: Amigos Bravos
Project Description:  Wetwater Environmental Services was contracted by Amigos Bravos as the Urban Waters Coordinator for the Refuge. I am responsible for conducting water quality testing along the irrigation ditches which flow through the Refuge, as well as the east riverside drain and the Rio Grande.  Local students, community members, and partner organizations participate in water quality collection events and learn about water quality issues in the area.  The Middle Rio Grande is impaired for E. coli, PCBs, gross alpha, dissolved oxygen, and temperature.  These contaminants, along with nutrients, metals, total and suspended solids, and Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) will be tested by an EPA-approved lab.  The results of these tests will help inform Middle Rio Grande Watershed Based Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permittees in selecting available control practices to reduce pollution from untreated storm water run-off which flows directly into the Rio Grande.  As the Refuge is developed into a series of engineered wetlands and swales, the goal is to access if water flowing through the Refuge is of better quality as it exits the Refuge and enters the adjacent Bosque habitat, and ultimately the Rio Grande.

Project Name: Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and Drainage Facility Site Plan
Location: South Valley, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Client: Sites Southwest
Project Description: Provided hydrological consulting services for the initial design phase of engineered wetlands at the Valle de Oro.  Attended preliminary design charette and follow-up public and stakeholder meetings.

Project Name: Upper Santa Fe Watershed River Restoration
Location: Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Client: City of Santa Fe
Project DescriptionRapid Stream Riparian Assessment (RSRA) surveys were initially conducted during summer 2010 to determine the ecological health and functioning condition of the Santa Fe River from above McClure to below Nichol’s reservoirs in the upper municipal watershed.  The river’s condition was found to be very good to excellent, while geomorphic and ecological problems related to highly regulated stream flows were detected in three study reaches located between the reservoirs.  In order to restore some of the missing habitat complexity caused by regulated flows, “digger” or “cross-channel” logs were installed in several complexes between both reservoirs.  Digger logs are minimally intrusive structures that mimic the large woody debris that would naturally occur in the channel, and promote many of the normal fluvial and geomorphic process that occur within a stream.  RSRA surveys are performed once per year to monitor the impact of the digger logs on the stream-riparian ecosystem. Shallow groundwater monitoring wells instrumented with pressure transducers were installed along the banks in the vicinity of the digger logs to quantify whether the adjacent water table is rising as a result of in-stream activities.  WWES assists with annual RSRA surveys, installation of digger logs and groundwater wells, and the development and planning of a long-term monitoring protocol in the project area.

Project Name: Rapid Stream Riparian Survey (RSRA) Data Summary
Location: Sandoval County, New Mexico
Client: United States Forest Service, Santa Fe National Forest
Project Description: Generated a report which summarized the findings of twenty RSRA surveys completed on the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio Creek in the Jemez River Watershed, New Mexico, during 2010 and 2011 respectively.  Interpretation of these results examined the functional condition and health of the surveyed portions of the two rivers.  The surveys were performed by United States Forest Service personnel.  Site descriptions, field notes, and data collected from the RSRA surveys were derived from the original field evaluation forms and edited as necessary.  Data from individual survey reaches of each river were independently presented and recommendations for restoration activities were discussed at the end of the trend analysis section for each respective river.

Project Name: Blue Hole Cienega Nature Preserve Hydrological Research
Location: Santa Rosa, New Mexico
Client: New Mexico Department of Transportation, Environmental Design Division
Project Description: Development of a program to use the Blue Hole Cienega Nature Preserve (BHCNP) in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, as a long-term ecological monitoring and environmental education site, and to assist in restoring and maintaining the wetland in its natural state.  The Helianthus paradoxus (Pecos Sunflower) thrives in this natural cienega and the immediate vicinity, and is listed as a federal and state threatened species. WWES installed groundwater monitoring wells instrumented with pressure transducers, classified soils, and performs water quality testing. Groundwater data are managed and analyzed to better understand hydrological conditions, and to assist stakeholders in managing the Cienega.

Project Name: Pecos Sunflower Critical Habitat Groundwater Monitoring
Location: Santa Rosa, New Mexico
Client: Parametrix, Inc.
Project Description: A fiber optics line was bored 40 meters south of the Blue Hole Cienega Nature Preserve (BHCNP) in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, on critical habitat where the federally and state listed threatened Pecos Sunflower (Helianthus paradoxus) occurs.  BHCNP is managed by New Mexico Forestry to protect the natural wetland, Pecos Sunflower and other rare vegetation species. WWES installed groundwater monitoring wells and classified soils in the vicinity of the fiber optics line.  Wells were instrumented with pressure transducers to obtain groundwater data before intervention and monitored for one year after the fiberoptics project to ensure there were no adverse effects from the horizontal drilling for the fiberoptics line.

Project Name: Soil Amendment Facility Soil Sampling
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Client: Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA)
Project Description: Bio-solids are applied on a regular basis at the ABCWUA Soil Amendment Facility on the west mesa of Albuquerque.  Soil cores are mechanically extracted at two and five feet below ground surface respectively, submitted to a local laboratory and tested for nitrate and total Kjeldahl nitrogen to determine if these nutrients are migrating into the subsurface in detectable quantities.

Project Name: Sparton Technology, Inc. – Former Coors Road Plant Remedial Program
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Client: S.S. Papadopulos and Associates, Inc., OCCAM|EC Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Project Description: Soils and groundwater beneath the former Sparton Technology plant located on the west mesa of Albuquerque were found to be contaminated primarily with volatile organic compounds through investigations conducted in the 1980s.  Under the terms of a Consent Decree entered in March 2000, Sparton, Inc. agreed to implement long-term remedial measures to include the installation and operation of a source and off-site containment system with the goals of reducing contaminant concentrations in the vadose zone soils, and ultimately restoring the groundwater for beneficial use.  WWES assisted in the quarterly recording of groundwater levels at 65 wells and retrieved groundwater samples for laboratory analysis.  Groundwater remedial systems and evaluation of data to assess the performance of the systems was performed throughout the year and as needed.

Project Name: Rio San Antonio Water Quality Testing
Location: Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Client: Rocky Mountain Ecology
Project Description: Performed in-situ water quality testing for pH, conductivity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and nutrients on the Rio San Antonio (northern NM) in support of the New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau Impaired Stream Watershed-Based Planning grants.  Downloaded data from thermographs and dissolved oxygen data loggers in various reaches of the river.  Analyzed and submitted data to project manager to determine most appropriate river reaches to implement restoration projects to improve temperature and dissolved oxygen impairments.

Project Name: Pritzlaff Ranch Wetland Delineation
Location: San Miguel County, New Mexico
ClientBiophilia Foundation
Project Description: Performed a wetland delineation with Botantist Robert Sivinski on the north side of Sapello Creek on the Pritzlaff Ranch near the town of San Ignacio. 

Project Name: Lower Jemez River Wetland Delineations
Location: Sandoval County, New Mexico
Client: Biohabitats
Project Description:  Performed wetland delineations with Botanist Robert Sivinski along the Lower Jemez River at five day use areas in support of river restoration activities.

Project Name: Grassy Creek Restoration
Location: Valle Vidal, Carson National Forest, Taos County, New Mexico
Client: Quivira Coalition
Project Description: Improve the condition of the Comanche Creek Watershed to meet current water quality criteria and restore proper hydrologic function to Comanche Creek and it tributaries, while improving habitat for the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout and aquatic species and wildlife.  This is being done through collaboration, restoration treatments, education and outreach, and mapping and long-term monitoring.  WWES installed and instrumented groundwater monitoring wells and classified soil for a long-term groundwater table fluctuation database.  As part of the Annual Comanche Creek Workshop, fieldwork was performed in a teaching capacity among workshop volunteers.

Project Name: BioPark Wetlands Groundwater – Surface-Water Interaction Research and Monitoring
Location: Middle Rio Grande Bosque, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Client: United States Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, Environmental Resources Section
Project Description: Baseline groundwater, surface water, and soils data generated from field studies during 2008-2011, at the Albuquerque Biological Park Tingley Pond and Wetland Restoration Project were used to demonstrate how water table levels were influenced by river stage/discharge, precipitation events, and soil properties.  Restoration efforts such as exotic vegetation removal, fuel load reduction maintenance, bank lowering and channeling, and the construction of a marsh and wet meadow system mimicked pre-engineered conditions when these types of features occurred naturally in the Rio Grande Bosque.  WWES installed and instrumented groundwater monitoring wells, surface water gauges and classified soils.  Monthly site visits were made to download ground and surface water data and maintain wells and pressure transducers.  Data was managed, analyzed and presented in annual technical reports.

Project Name: Land Health Monitoring Protocol and Training Manual Development
Location: Cedar Crest, New Mexico
Client: Bernalillo County Open Space (BCOS)
Project Description: The BCOS properties of Ojito de San Antonio and Carlito Springs were minimally developed to provide recreation and education opportunities for the public.  Baseline ecological data collection was performed at each property to provide BCOS with a template which will be used to monitor the health of the ecosystem over time.  WWES performed baseline hydrological and aquatic benthic macroinvertebrate data collection, and co-authored an ecological training guide for use by citizen scientists and local high school students.

Project Name: Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP)
Location: Middle Rio Grande Bosque, Various Counties, New Mexico
Client: Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program
Project Description: BEMP is a long-term ecological research monitoring program in the Middle Rio Grande Bosque which monitors key indicators of structural and functional change in the Middle Rio Grande Bosque.  The program currently has 30 research sites (as of winter 2015) within the Bosque from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (northern-most site), to Mesilla (southern-most site), and serves over 5,000 students per year in field data collection and environmental education activities.  WWES installed and instrumented groundwater wells, monitored groundwater –surface water interactions, and collected and processed air and soil temperatures.  WWES also collected water samples at locations in the Rio Grande and several irrigation ditches for nutrients, metals, and E. coli lab testing, and recorded in-situ water quality parameters.