In late April, 2019, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), as well as other districts across the state, released the Assembly Bill (AB) 617 Community Air Monitoring Plans (CAMP). The plans represent the next step in AB617 implementation, which is intended to reduce air pollution at the community level.
Each CAMP outlines how air monitoring will be performed throughout the community. Monitoring will be performed at existing stations, including existing air district-operated fixed monitoring stations, existing monitoring stations at industrial facilities within the community, mobile monitoring performed by vehicles equipped with portable monitors, and additional monitoring trailers to be set up at fixed locations based on the results of the mobile monitoring.
An example of the monitoring map for the Boyle Heights community is provided below.
Alta Environmental VP Participates in Stormwater/Water Quality Adaptive Management Drivers Workshop Panel on May 29th
David Renfrew, Vice President and Director of Water Resources, will be a panelist at the upcoming City of San Marcos Stormwater/Water Quality Adaptive Management Drivers Workshop. It will cover pending stormwater regulatory updates, recent key stormwater court decisions, cases on the horizon and pending/proposed regulations. The workshop is designed for attorneys, consultants, developers and business/property owners. Presented by the City of San Marcos, the workshop will take place at the City’s Community Services Main Hall on Wednesday, May 29 from 8 AM to 12 PM. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
To RSVP, please contact Ddowden@san-marcos.net by Monday, May 20, 2019
Bridgette earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of San Diego in 2018. She came on board as a Water Resources Specialist at Alta Environmental exactly one year ago. She currently works on water quality monitoring and reporting programs such as National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) discharge programs.
The Water Resources team from Alta Environmental came out on Saturday, April 27, 2019 to help I Love a Clean San Diego with their 17th annual Creek to Bay cleanup. Our small but mighty team scoured Tamarack State Beach for two hours from the Agua Hedionda Lagoon inlet to the warm water jetty in front on the power station in Carlsbad, CA (approximately 1,500 feet).
By Yasaman Azar Houshang
In the upcoming months, hazardous waste generators in California should be anticipating changes to applicable regulations as the Generator Improvement Rule (GIR) is eventually adopted. Generator Improvement Rule refers to the updated federal hazardous waste regulations that were finalized and adopted by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2017. Since then, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)—the authorized state agency—has been working on adopting and implementing GIR. The GIR has been developed with the goal of providing more flexibility to the hazardous waste generators while enhancing the process of hazardous waste management to better protect the environment. The mandatory and optional provisions of GIR being considered by DTSC, were most recently presented at the 2019 California CUPA conference.
Alta Environmental was recently awarded a three-year contract for Water Quality Monitoring and Related Services with Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LADPW). The contract value is up to $20,000,000 and has the option for a one-year extension.
Meet our GIS guru and newest QISP!
By Nicole Apel
Mallory Graves is a GIS Associate II at Alta Environmental, where she provides GIS analysis, modeling, cartography, web application development, and data management solutions. She has eight years of experience in GIS for higher education and local/regional government clients and environmental planning and compliance programs. She passed the Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP) final exam in March and became Alta’s newest QISP. Mallory is a member of the SoCal Urban and Regional Information Systems (URISA) GIS professional user group and is currently preparing for her GIS Professional (GISP) certification.
Recent industrial mishaps due to tank failure lead to injuries and environmental threats.
By Mehak Gupta
In the wake of the recent industrial mishaps, many have been directly or indirectly linked to a tank failure. The most recent of which happened in March 2019, where a tank collapse in Bardstown Distillery, KY lead to the leak of over 120,000 gallons of mash. This leak injured workers and caused grave threats to aquatic and wildlife around the area due to its hazardous nature. This incident is the second of its kind in the area in nine months and follows many from the last decade.
Using an integrated hydrological model to estimate the impacts of droughts in a semiarid transboundary river basin: the case study of the Tijuana River Basin
The International Journal of River Basin Management recently published Dr. Michelle Hallack’s article evaluating the impacts of drought on the Tijuana River Basin. Dr. Hallack and her co-authors utilized data from three periods of drought and developed a hydrological model to estimate water balance and assess effects on water availability. Their methodology can be transferred to other regions of the world under similar climatological conditions.
By David Schack and Scott Nunes for FacilitiesNet
Facility managers must be aware of the potential impact—including possible lawsuits—of buildings containing Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), especially schools. There was potentially widespread use of PCBs in both public and private schools built or renovated between 1950 and 1979. However, school administrators can take well-informed actions to reduce or eliminate potential exposure to PCBs by following the steps listed in this article. By implementing these preventive measures, potentially costly legal issues, unwarranted remediation, and construction delays can be avoided.