3e News

EEE Consulting, Inc. Joins Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

December 04 2020

We are pleased to announce our sale to Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI). Our experience combined with WSSI’s depth of services and 29 years in the industry will help our clients better meet their natural and cultural resources needs, while strengthening WSSI’s presence throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Read the full press release here:

Dec. 1, 2020

Kent, Ohio – Davey Resource Group, Inc. (DRG), a subsidiary of The Davey Tree Expert Company, has announced the acquisition of the assets of EEE Consulting, Inc. (3e) of Virginia.

Founded in 1998, 3e operates in the Richmond and Blacksburg areas and provides environmental and engineering services to the public and private sectors. Those services include: site assessment and remediation; water resource and stormwater management; landscape architecture; Geographic Information System (GIS) services; wetland delineation; mitigation design; stream restoration; threatened and endangered species consultation; brownfield redevelopment; certified drone surface modeling; National Environmental Policy Act document preparation, and a variety of other services.

The acquisition was made by Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc., a Davey company (WSSI), which is a subsidiary of DRG. The 3e offices in Mechanicsville and Blacksburg, Virginia, will become new offices for WSSI, also based in Virginia.

“Davey Resource Group and WSSI are excited to welcome the employees of 3e into the Davey family,” said Ken Joehlin, vice president and general manager, DRG Environmental Consulting. “3e brings a broad range of expertise and experience partnering with municipal and government clients that will enhance the environmental consulting services WSSI offers to clients in Virginia. This acquisition also strengthens Davey’s commitment to providing diverse consulting solutions to our clients.”

Like Davey, 3e has been employee owned. Under employee ownership, staff members are given the opportunity to become owners through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), an employee benefit plan that gives workers ownership interest in the company through stocks. Davey has been employee-owned since 1979 and is the ninth largest employee-owned firm in the U.S.

3e has 36 employees working out of offices in Richmond, Blacksburg and Newport News. All employees will continue employment under the WSSI brand. Andrew Kassoff, president of 3e, will continue as director, WSSI.

“Davey Tree is a leader in the tree care and environmental consulting industry, and we are thrilled to join the Davey family,” Kassoff said. “This is a great opportunity for our clients as well. The only major changes they will notice will be an expansion of our talent, expertise, and an increased diversity in the services we can offer. Also, 3e employees will benefit from Davey’s legacy and culture of employee ownership. We are truly excited for what the future holds.”


Anna Salzberg, PhD, becomes an Envision Sustainability Professional!

September 18 2020

Increasingly, sustainability is becoming a requirement for high-quality, successful, building and infrastructure projects. EEE Consulting, Inc. (3e) now offers clients the opportunity to achieve an Envision award for all infrastructure projects. Our Sustainability Lead, Anna Salzberg, PhD, ENV SP, has many years of experience working in the environmental field and holds a PhD in sustainability along with the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) credential. She can successfully guide clients through the Envision verification process, providing clients the education they need to understand every milestone along the way. This is a wonderful opportunity to communicate a sustainability narrative to regulators and the public at large.

What is Envision?

The Envision certification measures the sustainability of infrastructure projects. Project owners can use the framework to incorporate innovations into their project during the design or construction phase to earn an Envision award, celebrating the sustainability of their infrastructure project. Similar to how the LEED Certification works for buildings, Envision is a certification for infrastructure projects that meets sustainability goals. Envision Sustainability Professionals lead project teams through the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure Envision Verification Process. The use of Envision can benefit infrastructure projects in numerous ways including:

  • Long-term viability through increased resiliency and preparedness;
  • Lower costs through management and stakeholder collaboration;
  • Reduced negative impacts on the community and the environment;
  • Potential to save owners money over time through efficiency;
  • Credibility of a third-party rating system; and
  • Increased public confidence and involvement in decision-making.

Read more about Envision at the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure website.

Make Your Next Project Shine with Envision

For more information on how 3e can help you build sustainability into your next project, or to learn more about Envision, please contact Anna Salzberg at 804-442-3330 x 221, or you can send us a message through our Contact Us page. 


CEQ Issues Final Rule on NEPA Changes

July 28 2020

On July 16, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality issued its Final Rule on changes to the National Environmental Policy Act. The rule was developed under the Trump administration’s NEPA modernization initiative. The Final Rule updates regulations for all Federal agencies to implement NEPA, with big picture takeaways including: how CEQ defines actions that are “reasonably foreseeable,” analysis of a “reasonable range and number” of feasible alternatives, time limits for preparation environmental impact statements (EISs) (2 years) and environmental assessments (EAs) (1 year), page limits for EISs and EAs, and preparation of a single EIS and schedule for multi-agency EISs.

As noted by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials in an excellent publicly-available summary (https://aashtojournal.org/2020/07/17/trump-administration-formally-overhauls-nepa-rule/), the Final Rule also includes additional provisions that call for earlier public input and greater use of information-sharing technology in the review process, enhanced participation opportunities for tribal governments, and use of NEPA documents prepared by state, tribal, and local agencies.

3e can help clients understand how these changes may affect their NEPA projects, and how to prepare effective and legally-defensible documents that comply with the new rules. Contact us with your questions at: https://www.eee-consulting.com/contact

Link to CEQ Final Rule and Trump administration NEPA Modernization process are found at https://www.whitehouse.gov/ceq/nepa-modernization/


Meet Our Staff: Chris Lalli

June 21 2020

Chris Lalli has over 23 years of experience in environmental engineering, consulting, and regulatory compliance. He specializes in due diligence investigations, site characterization studies, remediation, Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401/404 permitting, environmental reviews, regulatory compliance, and pollution prevention planning.  Chris is an owner and Vice President of 3e that has been based in our Blacksburg, Virginia office for fifteen years.

Experience with Transportation Projects

Chris has extensive experience providing a broad range of environmental services with a focus on complex transportation projects in Virginia.  He understands the NEPA and State Environmental Review Processes, application of regulations that require review and agency consultation, and how they relate to the various project delivery methods that have increased in complexity over the past decade.  This provides our client base with confidence that environmental risks and constraints are identified early in the preliminary engineering and design planning stages of the project for incorporation of avoidance and minimization measures.  For impacts that are unavoidable, early identification of the environmental constraints also facilitates completion of the requisite delineations and studies for jurisdictional determinations and permit acquisitions and to adopt special provisions to ensure that environmental commitments are met during construction.  Chris has successfully used this knowledge and approach to provide environmental services on several Design Build, Design Bid Build, and Locally-Administered projects across the various VDOT Districts that encompass Virginia.        

Experience working with Virginia Department of Transportation

Chris has also served as the Project Manager for five consecutive terms contracts with VDOT for Statewide Hazardous Materials and Environmental Compliance Services.  Services completed on over 1,350 tasks statewide since 2007 include Phase I ESA Corridor Studies; Phase II ESAs to identify the potential for adverse impacts to proposed Right-of-Way (ROW) acquisitions, permanent easements, and media that would be disturbed during construction; asbestos containing material (ACM) inspections for bridges and structures scheduled for demolition; underground storage tank (UST) removal and closures; development of Special Provisions to construction contracts for the management of impacted media; and management, reuse, and/or disposal of impacted soil and groundwater. 

Recent projects he has managed for a broad range of hazardous material services include:

  • I-81 widening projects in the City of Salem and Roanoke County;
  • I-66 Outside the Beltway in Fairfax and Prince William Counties;
  • US Route 1 in Fairfax and Prince William Counties;
  • Martinsville Southern Connector in Pittsylvania County;  
  • Environmental remediation for an illicit solid waste disposal site along Route 29 in Campbell County.

On all these projects, Mr. Lalli worked with closely with the VDOT Hazardous Materials Managers to ensure that the required information was generated to inform the applicable environmental documents as well as to identify known impacts for consideration in the early planning stages of the project.           

Put our experience to work for your next project!

Chris’s experience and expertise in performing these environmental studies contributes to 3e’s ability to be an effective environmental consultant for transportation projects. We have successfully partnered with several architectural and engineering firms on projects ranging from complex Design-Build Interstate widening and bridge replacement projects, to the Locally Administered roadway and/or pedestrian improvement projects. Chris understands that there is no perfect project and that design changes and unforeseen circumstances during construction will present challenges.  However; adequate planning, familiarity with working with the various stakeholders, and drawing on experiences from similar projects will provide timely and sensible solutions that will keep a project in compliance and on track and within budget. 

Give Chris a call today to learn more about how 3e can contribute to your next transportation project!  He can be reached by phone at (540) 953-0170 x310. You can also reach him by e-mail through our Contact Us page.


Adapting for Meaningful Public Involvement While Social Distancing

April 24 2020

What happens to traditional public outreach measures when under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus? You leverage digital tools of course! 3e and teaming partner AECOM recently helped NASA adapt their public involvement plans for the Marsh Fiber Project (marine fiber optic cable) to provide multimedia options to learn about the project and the Environmental Assessment (EA) during the public comment period. The traditional in-person meeting media, which would have included informative posters, fact sheet handouts, and comment cards, were swapped for a recorded presentation viewable on-demand, a fact sheet to download, and an online comment form for public use in addition to traditional methods using postal mail. Hard copies of the EA are available upon request by phone.

Adapting the public involvement portion of this project to occur online due to the inability to safely hold a public meeting, and due to closure of public libraries where a hard copy of the EA would have been placed, allowed the project to stay on schedule and prevent costly construction delays.

As we continue to move projects forward while keeping our communities safe through social distancing, our methods of communication must continue to adapt. Leveraging digital tools like recorded presentations, downloadable fact sheets, and online forms can help us meet our requirements for public notification and involvement. If your project is heading into the public involvement phase and you need assistance preparing, please contact us!

Link to NASA’s project website: https://code200-external.gsfc.nasa.gov/250-wff/marsh_fiber_ea

 

Description of 3e's services for the project:

Environmental scientist holding a terrapin in Walker Marsh3e and its team member AECOM are assisting NASA with the NEPA process and Clean Water Act permitting for a project to install a new fiber optic cable via a marine route at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The 3e team worked closely with NASA to develop and document the screening criteria that were used to evaluate and dismiss or carry forward the potential alternatives in the EA, and to draft a detailed and focused description of the proposed action. 3e conducted a wetland delineation of the saltmarsh and prepared a Joint Permit Application for impacts to tidal wetlands. Due to COVID-19, we worked with NASA to prepare online meeting presentation and files for the website in lieu of a public meeting. The project is being completed under contract to LJT & Associates, Inc.


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