January 2020 Newsletter

January 31, 2020

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A very belated Happy New Year to you all. Welcome to a new decade. Hard to believe January has come and gone that fast. This newsletter features our Dam/Stream restoration and GIS Shadow Diagram capabilities, provides a reminder that OSHA records are due, building energy assessments, and we're proud to introduce the latest addition to Equity.


Dam Restoration

Equity Environmental Engineering LLC has been involved in a dam removal and stream restoration project on the Lamington River. The Burnt Mills Dam has partially obstructed the River since the 1950s after a storm washed part of the dam away. Over the years, the course of the river was redirected causing erosion of one bank of the river and the creation of an island in the river.

Man in hi-vis vest overseeing dam restoration project by river 

The project, sponsored by Raritan Headwaters involved Equity's partner Trout Scapes River Restorations, the US Fish and Wildlife (USFWS), and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). The project was funded by grants from USFWS and funding from Raritan Headwaters. The goal of the project was to restore the river channel by removing the concrete Burnt Mills Dam and creating a new bank in the location of the original channel, reducing the size of the island, stabilizing the eroded bank, creating vernal pools to alleviate flooding, and creating habitat for the native fish in the Lamington River. A pipe found within the dam had a date of 1914 on it. 

Man in hi-vis vest inspecting large bore pipe

The design was produced by USFWS, Trout Scapes, and Equity. Peter Jaran and Faron Moser assisted on the project in the survey and design phase. The permitting was completed by Trout Scapes through the NJDEP. Construction was completed in 10 days and was showcased on News 12 NewJersey (Links below). 

http://newjersey.news12.com/clip/14929061/crews-begin-demolition-on-old-dam-in-lamington-river

http://newjersey.news12.com/clip/14929620/demolition-to-continue-today-to-remove-old-dam-along-lamington-river

Peter Jaran, LSRP, P.E.


Shadow Diagrams

GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems and is used for a multitude of applications in the planning and engineering fields. GIS is utilized to make maps that communicate, perform analysis, share information, and solve complex problems around the world. GIS Day was celebrated on November 13th. For Equity's purposes, GIS is used to graphically support the analyses required for the City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) process as well as supporting our engineering team. GIS can be used in conjunction with various data for the creation of sample location maps, groundwater contours, general cartography and mapping, land use analysis, open space analysis, three-dimensional modeling, shadow analysis, asset management, and much more.

Gene Bove from Equity Environmental Engineering presenting an analysis of shadows in New York City to an unseen audience

Recently, Montclair State University held its first annual GIS day activities. Equity's GIS Project Manager, Gene Bove gave a presentation to students, professors, and professionals about his experience using Environmental Systems Research Institute's (ESRI) GIS software to perform shadow analysis to comply with the New York City CEQR Technical Manual. Equity also had an information booth at the event where students could inquire about careers in GIS.

That is Gene giving his presentation. Gene will be presenting an expanded version of his presentation at the MACURISA Conference in Atlantic City in 2020.


OSHA Recordkeeping

It is that time of year again where employers with more than 10 employees are required to post their company's work-related injuries and illnesses for the previous year. This information helps employers, workers, and OSHA evaluate the safety of a workplace, understand industry hazards, and implement worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards, preventing future workplace injuries and illnesses. Please remember that the OSHA 300A Form that summarizes your companies’ number of recordable cases and hours worked is required to be posted from February 1 to April 30. Your company is also required to submit OSHA recordkeeping data electronically by March 2, 2020.

For more information please contact Faron Moser at 973-527-7451 or go to https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/ for more details. 


Building Energy Assessments

Equity Environmental Engineering is now providing BEAs (Building Energy Assessments) following the enactment of Local Law 97 in New York City. The Local Law, passed in May 2019, is applicable to all buildings over 25,000 gross square feet in New York City. Equity’s BEAs provide a benchmark to determine if buildings are compliant with the emission targets set by Local Law 97. 

Local Law 97 compliance deadlines begin in 2024 and have increasingly stringent requirements set for 2030, 2035, 2040, and 2050. Buildings that fail to report or do not meet emission limits may be heavily fined. BEAs are intended to determine current building emissions and provide suggestions for improvement if it is underperforming.  

Equity completed its first BEA in December of 2019. The assessment was able to provide insight into areas in the building that would provide the most cost-effective emissions reductions and long term goals for the building owners by providing compliance estimates through 2030. 

ASTM has just released new standards for assessing building energy performance and improvements. The new standard, E3224-19, sets forth the requirements for properly comparing a building’s energy consumption to similar buildings referred to as Peers. Equity will be using the new standard, including the requirements for Building Energy Performance and Improvement Evaluations (BEPIE), for its BEAs.

For more information on Local Law 97 visit: https://www.urbangreencouncil.org/content/projects/all-about-nycs-historic-building-emissions-law

For information on the new ASTM standard visit: https://edrnet.com/five-things-you-need-to-know-about-astms-building-energy-performance-standard/

For more information contact Zach Landis at 973-527-7451 ext 302.


New Employee

Geoff Clark, LSRP

Geoff Clark, LSRP, at his new desk at Equity Environmental Engineering

Equity is pleased to introduce the most recent member of our company, Geoff Clark. Mr. Clark is a leading LSRP (Licensed Site Remediation Professional) in New Jersey who has remediated a wide variety of cases, from relatively small petroleum discharges to UST (underground storage tank) cases, to complex ISRA (Industrial Site Remediation Act) cases with multiple PRPs (Potentially Responsible Parties). Throughout his 22-year career, Mr. Clark has proven adept at managing Site Remediation projects using cost-effective and innovative solutions to advance cases to regulatory closure. 

Beyond environmental remediation cases in New Jersey, Mr. Clark’s experience includes water resource permitting, spill prevention, City and State Environmental Quality Reviews in New York, and environmental remediation in several Mid-Atlantic states. 

Geoff can be reached at (973) 527-7451 x. 201.

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