LEI thanks Kirk Perschbacher, Project Geologist with LEI, for initiating LEI’s involvement in recent debris cleanup along the Grand River in Grand Haven, Michigan. Investing time into the community is a key core value of LEI. Maintaining the aesthetic integrity of our wonderful waterways is one example of LEI’s commitment to “Improving the Environment and Strengthening our Communities”.
Erin Gerber and Eric Klompmaker, environmental engineers at LEI, have recently obtained their certification to operate any facility under the classification Storm Water Management – Industrial Site (A-1i). The certification process requires passing an exam prepared by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Erin and Eric will utilize this certification to assist LEI’s industrial clients with proper storm water management.
In February 2014, LEI prepared Brownfield Plan Amendments (BPAs) for commercial redevelopment projects in the City of Grand Haven and Grand Haven Township. These redevelopment projects require LEI to prepare environmental liability protection documents, complete response activities, and demolition oversight. Both BPAs were approved by respective Brownfield Authorities and units of government, enabling the capture of local tax increment revenues for reimbursement of eligible activities under the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act, Act 381 of 1996, as amended.
In addition, LEI has prepared and submitted Act 381 Work Plans to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for approval of state tax capture for reimbursement of eligible activities.
Redevelopment of these Brownfields involves significant private investment, which will improve the aesthetic and environmental condition of these properties, increase the tax base for these units of government, create jobs, and encourage community revitalization.
When confronted with an aging process wastewater treatment system and perpetual exceedances of surface water permit discharge limitations, a Michigan-based organic foods manufacturer sought cost-effective solutions to their treatment issues at a cannery in central-Indiana. Local contractors proposed a half-million dollar system clean-up that would not solve the facility’s long term problems. LEI assembled a team of engineers to design and construct a completely new, state-of-the-art aerated treatment lagoon system that utilized lined lagoons which were more protective of the site’s groundwater. This new design was less costly than previous proposals and will allow easier, more cost-effective system maintenance in the future. LEI also designed a land-application system which will allow this food processor to sustainably return a significant portion of the water they use to the aquifer, reducing their groundwater use footprint.
Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. congratulates Eric Klompmaker, PE in obtaining his Professional Engineering license in the State of Michigan. Mr. Klompmaker, a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been practicing civil and environmental engineering since 2004. In 2009, Mr. Klompmaker obtained his Professional Engineering license in the State of Indiana where he practiced sustainable, low-impact development engineering, involving storm water, green infrastructure and natural wastewater treatment systems. Sustainable, or “green,” development is his specialty and example projects include storm water engineering for one of the first certified Living Buildings in the world, the Tyson Living Learning Center in St. Louis, MO, as well as 3,000 linear feet of historic brick street reconstruction with integrated storm water management at North Street, Lafayette, IN, and an onsite wastewater treatment system at MacGregor Park in Westfield, IN.
In his time at Lakeshore Environmental, Inc., Mr. Klompmaker has worked to expand his mission of sustainable infrastructure implementation through the successful design and construction of several storm water and process water management/treatment systems.
For more information or to speak with Mr. Klompmaker please contact Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. at 1-800-844-5050 or visit their website at www.lakeshoreenvironmental.com.
On January 2, 2014, Melissa Powers will be joining LEI’s due diligence and brownfield redevelopment department. Melissa is an Environmental Engineer with over 20 years experience in the environmental consutling industry. She will serve as a Project Manager at LEI’s Grand Rapids office.
In late 2012, LEI successfully opened a new office in Grand Rapids to facilitate the firm’s growth in West Michigan. On the heels of this fruitful endeavor, LEI will soon be opening a Muskegon office near the southwestern shoreline of Muskegon Lake. The opening of this office will assist LEI with the ever-increasing work volume in Muskegon and neighboring communities.
Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) was retained by a local developer to assist with the redevelopment of a brownfield site, which formerly operated as a service station in Muskegon County. Environmental services completed by LEI to facilitate the safe redevelopment of the site included removal of underground storage tanks; completion of a Phase I ESA and Phase II ESA; and preparation of a BEA and Due Care Plan.
LEI worked with a municipality to establish a local brownfield redevelopment grant program, which was utilized to reimburse the developer for a portion of environmental costs incurred.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has recently finalized a new Vapor Intrusion (VI) Guidance Document to assist environmental consultants and others with the assessment of potential VI concerns at contaminated properties compromised with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This document has led to a defined method of evaluating VI concerns. As a result, LEI has experienced a significant increase in VI assessments associated with real estate transactions where VOC impacted property is a concern. In fact, over the past few weeks, LEI has been retained to conduct comprehensive and high profile VI assessments at numerous locations across Michigan.
LEI’s familiarity with the DEQ’s VI Guidance Document, ability to interpret the findings of a VI assessment, and capability of mitigating VI exposure concerns has resulted in a strong level of comfort with our clients. Trust us to provide you with the right guidance on all your VI concerns.
LEI’s expanding due diligence and brownfield redevelopment department will be getting some much needed help in early August 2013. Margie Lathrop, a senior level environmental consultant with over 25 years of experience, has been hired by LEI to assist with the management of staff, development of existing and new clientele, and supervision of various due diligence and brownfield related projects. Margie’s extensive background in due diligence services and brownfield redevelopment projects will serve to significantly enhance LEI’s growing presence throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Margie will operate out of LEI’s Grand Rapids office as a senior level project manager.