The official “rainy season” for Southern California started on October 1 and continues through April 30, 2020. Rainfall events typically begin to arrive in October and continue with more frequency as we get into November and December. That said, we are more than halfway through October and there isn’t much rain in sight through Halloween. With the current above average temperatures forecast to continue well into fall, there may be a late onset of rainfall events for Southern California. Here is a summary of the winter weather outlook through the end of 2019:
The three-month seasonal temperature and precipitation outlooks shown below from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center generally favor above-average temperatures across much of the United States, including the Southwest, and below normal to normal precipitation for California.
Credit: NOAA Climate Prediction Center
After a year-long effort, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD, District) has published the draft Community Emission Reduction Plan (CERP) for the three “Year 1” communities within the District that were chosen as part of California Air Resources Board (CARB) Assembly Bill 617 (AB 617). The Year 1 communities are:
Greg recently joined the Alta|NV5 Building Sciences team. He brings over 30 years of experience in industrial hygiene projects. He managed asbestos, lead and moisture intrusion/indoor air quality projects from site assessment to job budgeting/bidding through design, removal and job completion. His experience includes school renovation projects for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Hemet Unified School District (HUSD). Greg managed all asbestos, lead and emergency indoor air quality projects for new tenant improvements for Kimco Realty. He also performed the role of project manager for survey and identification of asbestos, lead, mold and black water hazards in public housing projects.
Our Water Resources Team is busy preparing for the 2019 California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) Annual Conference taking place at the Monterey Conference Center October 7th through the 9th. Each year the conference draws leading members of the stormwater community including local, state, and federal decision makers, stormwater program coordinators, contractors, consultants, engineers, lawyers, scientists, and planners.
Amy Nguyen recently joined the Alta|NV5 Water Resource team. Her expertise lies within construction storm water consulting, environmental regulations and BMP assessment/ implementation. She has six years of experience in handling a wide variety of construction storm water projects throughout Southern California. Her projects have included monitoring and reporting for parks, schools, landfills, apartment buildings, and airports.
The Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) and the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) will host their 2019 Annual Environmental Conference at the San Diego Convention Center October 1st and 2nd. The conference will bring together about 500 attendees from various professions such as environmental, health and safety experts; NGO representatives; environmental engineers from public and private sectors; environmental consultants and attorneys; government affairs representatives and DoD. David Renfrew, Vice President of Water Resources will be presenting on the Industrial Stormwater Permit. Lisa Kay, President of Alta|NV5 will be moderating a panel discussion.
Meet Our Newest EIT, Jim Homet!
Jim Homet, a Staff Engineer in the Long Beach office, recently passed the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) exam to become an Engineer-in-Training. This exam is the first step on the path to becoming a Professional Engineer.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from U.C. Riverside. He started at Alta|NV5 in September of 2017 and earned his Master of Science from Cal State Fullerton in 2018. His work here involves sampling, monitoring, data analysis, and project coordination for groundwater and soil remediation projects and Phase II site assessments. He is experienced in groundwater sampling pursuant to low-flow and standard purge methodologies. Additionally, he has conducted research/records reviews and report writing in relation to Phase I site assessments, as well as dozens of hazardous waste tank assessment.
Alta|NV5 is providing environmental consulting services for the property located at 3202 East Foothill Boulevard in the City of Pasadena, California. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) approved environmental clean-up for the property. Alta|NV5 is providing third party review of available environmental documents and records followed by third-party oversight of future remediation activities. Our work includes field oversight of environmental assessment and investigation activities conducted by other consultants and as-needed communication with Regulatory Agencies on behalf of the City. Alta Environmental's senior registered professional overseeing the work, has presented to the Pasadena City Council regarding this project.
On May 23, 2019, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) conducted Working Group Meeting #6 for Proposed Rule 1480: Air Toxic Metals Monitoring. In the meeting, they covered the process for identifying facilities and presented two examples from the Paramount and Riverside investigations. In Paramount, the SCAQMD identified two metal and heat processing facilities that were contributing to hexavalent chromium emissions. In Riverside, the SCAQMD examined permit records and conducted inspections to identify two cement manufacturing companies that were also contributing to toxic emissions.
Later, SCAQMD released guidelines to start and implement investigations to any facility that exceeds a cancer risk of 100 in 1 million. Additionally, the figure below from SCAQMD Meeting #6 shows a variety of reasons for SCAQMD to initiate ambient air monitoring near a facility.
There is a great need in every government institution and community to implement many programs and projects with limited financial resources. In this environment, tribes, local governments, utilities and agricultural organizations need to operate as efficiently as possible, as well as pursue all appropriate sources of additional funding. Often these organizations lack the personnel to research and prepare grant applications.
At Alta, we support our clients to leverage their funds through grant initiatives that increase access to additional funds. We assist them in identifying, writing and applying to the suitable grant program.