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Equity Recognized With Three Environmental Leadership Awards by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ)

The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) has announced their Annual Environmental Leadership Awards and we are proud to announce that Equity projects have won three awards. Our remediation project in Stanhope was selected in the Contaminated Site Cleanup (non brownfield) Category and our Ho-Ho-Kus Brook Restoration and Beisler Lake Dam Removal projects were both selected in the Ecological Restoration Category.

“We are honored to be selected for three awards,” Peter Jaran, Managing Director said, “I am proud of the firm and the project teams who continue to do great work for our clients. This recognition by the CIANJ reinforces our client-first approach and highlights the variety of work we do day in and day out for our clients.”

Equity was also awarded CAINJ Environmental Leadership Awards in 2019 and 2020.

Contaminated Site Cleanup (non brownfield) Award

Equity is managing all ongoing site remediation associated with PCE & Benzene impacted groundwater at manufacturing facility occupying 39 acres of land in Stanhope. Industrial operations have taken place at the site since the early 1900s. Equity was retained to close out 18 Areas of Concern and assist with the establishment of a groundwater Classification Exception Area (CEA) as a result of residual low-level VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).  Equity managed: the preparation and submittal of Remedial Investigation Report, Remedial Action Workplan, Discharge to Groundwater Permit-by-Rule, Public Notification, Quality Assurance Project Plan, Health and Safety Plan, NJDEP RAW Checklists and other certifications and submittal forms. Equity implemented in-situ remediation efforts and we continue to see downward trends within the groundwater for all compounds of concern. Concentrations are at a level where the remedial action report and response action outcome can be drafted and certified by the LSRP of record.  
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Ecological Restoration Awards

Beisler Lake Dam Removal. Equity led a team for the removal of Beisler Lake Dam and restored Spruce Run Creek to its natural state in Lebanon, NJ. This project included lake lowering, fish capture and transfer, stream restoration design, bank stabilization, dam removal, enhancement of threatened & endangered habitats for wood and box turtles, nesting boxes for barred owl and wood ducks, bat boxes, and riparian plantings of 7 acres in the former lake impoundment. This project was critical for the infrastructure and homes that were built downstream which no longer tolerated increased flows during rain events. Engineering and design to retain water in the impoundment while at the same time removing the high hazard dam was a challenge. Dozens of hydraulic models were analyzed to determine the best design for the dam removal and scheduling the construction phase. The project was successfully completed on time and within budget. Read more about this project

Ho‐Ho‐Kus Brook Restoration. Tropical Storm Ida caused increased water volume and flows within the Ho‐Ho‐Kus Brook which led to approximately 50 feet of the embankment on our client’s property to be eroded. This surge of water deteriorated the bank up to the fence line and caused the fence to collapse, landscaped bushes/flowers to be pulled down, and the deterioration and exposure of root systems for large mature trees on the downstream property boundary, subjecting these trees to collapse in a future storm event.  The Equity team restored approximately 200’ of Ho‐Ho‐Kus Brook right bank, and added a boulder “barb” to deflect high flows off the hard bend in the brook on our client’s property. Two stone walls were constructed and placed to slow flows from eroding the banks further. A barb was installed, and soils were placed above each of the two stone wall layers to restore the backyard property that was lost.
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The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey is a unique network of businesses committed to improving and advancing the cause of free enterprise in the Garden State. Their focus sets them apart from other organizations and provides the basis upon which they work to make New Jersey a better place to live, work and conduct business.

Equity Environmental Engineering is a top environmental firm with offices in New Jersey and New York.

Read the article about CIANJ’s Environmental Leadership Awards in Commerce Magazine.

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