A thriving industrial business located in Ottawa County retained Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) to assist with their expansion into a new location with known environmental concerns. LEI’s role in this project will be to conduct a Phase I ESA, Phase II Investigation, Baseline Environmental Assessment, and Due Care Plan. The environmental services rendered will protect LEI’s client from cleanup liability relating to the known contamination and ensure compliance with applicable due care and continuing obligations.
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A large metropolitan hotel owner pursued Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) for the purpose of conducting a subsurface investigation that will ultimately lead to a No Further Action letter from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. LEI has developed a plan to create a Conceptual Site Model that will establish the existing Site conditions. Once the model is completed, LEI will conduct the appropriate investigation activities necessary to define the extent of soil and groundwater contamination and mitigate potential unacceptable exposures. Tasks associated with this project will include numerous soil borings, installation of monitoring wells, soil and groundwater sampling, a vapor intrusion assessment, preparation of restrictive covenants, a groundwater mixing zone evaluation, groundwater modeling, and reporting.
Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) in collaboration with the City of Muskegon Heights,successfully obtained a $200,000 grant form the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to assist in the expansion of a medical facility. The expansion required the acquisition and redevelopment of a contaminated property formerly utilized as an auto repair and sales shop.
A developer for a national retail chain selected Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) to assist with the redevelopment of a contaminated former service station (the Site) located in Cadillac, Michigan. On behalf of the developer, LEI completed the appropriate cleanup liability protection documentation required by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). In addition, LEI prepared a Brownfield Plan Amendment (BPA) that was approved by the Cadillac Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and City of Cadillac (City). Simultaneous to the BPA approval, LEI prepared an Act 381 Work Plan and DEQ Loan Application.
The Work Plan was approved by DEQ and approximately $143,000 in DEQ loan funds were provided to the City to assist the developer with eligible environmental costs associated with the redevelopment of the Site. The loan funds were utilized to facilitate the completion of the following eligible environmental activities: soil sampling; soil gas monitoring; preparation of loan work plans; oversight of contaminated soil/debris excavation and disposal; due care oversight and reporting. New tax revenue generated from the project will be utilized to repay the DEQ loan.
Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) was contracted to determine the feasibility of converting an existing sand mine into a LEED residential and commercial development utilizing sustainable concepts. Conceptual planning involved a review of zoning documents, an evaluation of potential environmental concerns, and a renewable energy use assessment. Based on the findings from the conceptual planning, recommendations were made identifying three alternative land-use plans, which incorporated wind, solar and geothermal energy applications, LEED residential and commercial structures, native landscaping, previous surface features, and sustainable sewer and water supply systems.
State regulators awarded Lakeshore Environmental the contract to clean up groundwater contamination at a former dry cleaning facility. Dry cleaning solvents at this EPA Superfund site were threatening the quality of local drinking water supplies and the ecological stability of a “blue ribbon” trout stream and national wild and scenic river. Lakeshore’s responsibilities included the following tasks:
- Monitoring well installations
- Collection of soil samples
- Produced geologic cross-sections illustrating soil lithology and groundwater flow
- Determined the horizontal and vertical extents of contamination
- Upgraded previously installed recovery equipment
- Continuously monitored contamination levels, adjusted recovery equipment to maximize effectiveness of remediation efforts
- Worked in unison with the state regulators to monitor the extent of contamination
- Measured groundwater drawdown to define the product capture zone and analyze treatment effectiveness
The project has resulted in the successful capture of the plume and contamination has not reached the river.
An equipment malfunction at a retail gasoline filling station resulted in an underground product release. Lakeshore Environmental determined the source of the release, the extent of free product plume, and the extent of groundwater and soil contamination. Lakeshore’s quick response resulted in the immediate recovery of most of the spilled gasoline. This recovered product was refined and sold as vehicle fuel. Lakeshore completed the following response activities:
- Monitored public storm and sanitary sewers for petroleum infiltration
- Represented the owner at contentious municipal and public meetings
- Determined horizontal and vertical extents of contamination through monitoring wells and soil sampling
- Inspected adjacent properties for evidence of contamination
- Designed and installed the system that recovered over 25,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline
- Reduced the owner’s liability through reduction of punitive fines and negotiated with insurance adjusters
- Remedied the site to a level of “no remaining contamination.”
As a result of the project’s success, Lakeshore wrote the municipality’s first groundwater ordinance, addressing well abandonment and groundwater containment protocol.
The world headquarters of an international automotive supplier contracted Lakeshore Environmental for guidance in preparing permits and programs to meet state and federal environmental regulatory and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Lakeshore navigated through the maze of regulatory requirements, minimizing the required submittals. After a series of onsite surveys, interviews and monitoring, the client was provided:
OSHA compliance and training seminars
Wastewater monitoring and wastewater quality reports
Annual SARA Title III (Community Emergency and Community Right-to-Know) reports
Spill and storm water contingency plans
Obtained air quality permits
A computerized compliance tracking system
Lakeshore’s industrial compliance experts met the client’s immediate needs in a timely and cost effective manner. To facilitate compliance, Lakeshore developed a tracking system to assist with compliance submittals.
Lakeshore conducted the first geotechnical investigation for the property now occupied by the shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels west of a large mall, which at the time the property was merely blueberry fields. Lakeshore’s report provided recommendations for shallow foundation design, groundwater interference, and pre-construction subgrade preparation.
During a later phase, Lakeshore completed a site-specific investigation for the site of a national chain department store, which focused on foundation recommendation for their standard store construction.
Lakeshore Environmental conducted a comprehensive lake study of a 286-acre lake located in Michigan to assist a Lake Association with the development of a long-term Lake and Watershed Management Plan. The lake contained over 25 acres of Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and received external inputs of nutrients and sediments from the surrounding watershed. As a result of the study findings, the Lake Association considered a solution including the use of systemic aquatic herbicides, possible implementation of a lake-wide laminar flow aeration system and integration of watershed management practices. During the course of the study, Lakeshore:
Conducted whole-lake aquatic vegetation surveys of the lake to document the presence and relative abundance of aquatic plant native and non-native species
Evaluated the overall health of the lake ecosystem and trophic state
Addressed watershed land use issues such as erosion and sedimentation to improve water quality within the lake
Developed Best Management Practices (BMP’s) to help homeowners protect the lake
Investigated the feasibility of utilizing a whole-lake aeration system for improving water quality and reducing aquatic vegetation through reduction of sedimentary benthic carbon dioxide
Developed a 5-year financial budget for the local municipality and Lake Association to utilize for implementation of the suggested improvements
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