R&M’s environmental professionals participate in all stages of project development, enabling them to identify and avoid delays by understanding environmental implications and public/agency perception of design decisions. Our environmental and regulatory experts provide the following services: NEPA documentation and compliance; leadership of interdisciplinary environmental study programs; storm water planning; environmental/regulatory planning, environmental guidance and support for client operations; federal, state and local regulatory permitting; Phase I and II ESAs; water quality studies; environmental asset management; soil and groundwater monitoring programs; site remediation; public and agency coordination; and hazardous materials-related services.
Group Manager: Environmental Services
Kristi McLean, LEED AP BD + C
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Kristi has 11 years of experience providing professional environmental and biological services. With a M.S. in Environmental Science and Regional Planning from Washington State University and a B.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada Reno, she is able to understand the technical challenges of any project and work closely with design teams to analyze impact, obtain permits and navigate the environmental process. Kristi’s expertise includes NEPA analysis and documentation, public involvement, regulatory permitting, agency coordination, environmental planning, community impact assessment, soil/groundwater/offshore sediment sampling/analysis, storm water planning/inspection, wildlife surveys, site assessment/remediation, and Phase I ESAs. Kristi obtained her LEED AP accreditation in 2009, and supplemented this professional designation with a Building Design + Construction specialty (BD+C) in 2013.
St. Mary’s to Mountain Village Road Rehabilitation
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R&M performed NEPA, public involvement, and permitting services for reconstruction of this 15.5-mile section of rural road. Key resource studies included wetlands and habitat mapping, and cultural resources/Section 106. These efforts were managed by R&M and primarily performed by key subconsultants. R&M completed a Categorical Exclusion NEPA document on an accelerated basis, and compiled agency permit applications. Key challenges of this project included accelerated schedule and a dearth of site-specific baseline environmental and technical information.
R&M’s Environmental Group is supporting the R&M design team with a full range of environmental and public involvement services. As a potentially historic structure in a historic district of Ketchikan, this bridge and surrounding area required extensive historic properties work, culminating in a finding of No Adverse effect for bridge replacement. R&M performed NEPA documentation, planned and hosted two public meetings for comment, and continues to assist with environmental reevaluation and permitting.
Seward Marine Industrial Center Improvements
Resurrection Bay, Alaska
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R&M has been supporting the City of Seward with this industrial harbor expansion project. Our current environmental efforts are focused on sampling, analysis, permitting, and disposal considerations for hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of excavated and dredged material. To facilitate both offshore and/or upland dredge disposal permitting, R&M compiled a sampling and analysis plan for agency review, and recently executed an offshore and upland soil and sediment sampling effort to characterize the dredge prism. Using this information, our environmental professionals will work alongside R&M design experts to compile complete permitting packages for review and approval by ADEC and USACE. The permitting effort will also tier off of ongoing Section 7 consultation (for another nearby project) for threatened and endangered species.