Statement of Corporate Qualifications       Science Collaborating with Business for           Better Environmental Solutio...
o Company Overview       Company Profile       The WHM Advantage       Summary of Services  o Service Profiles        Natu...
COMPANY PROFILEThe WHM GroupSM is a multi-discipline company committed to deliveringenvironmental resource solutions. WHM ...
THE WHM ADVANTAGE                                    PERFORMANCEA Comprehensive Resource…WHM approaches environmental prob...
SERVICE SUMMARYThe WHM team services client needs for a multitude of timely environmental issues. We areproud of our long ...
SITE DESIGN MODELING AND MAPPING TECHNOLOGIESWHM/BAI has developed visual aids to help regulators and the public understan...
NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENTTHE PNDI PROCESSIn recent times, regulatory agencies, municipalities and corporations have beco...
ECOLOGICAL      Threatened and Endangered Species      Biological Assessments      Ecological Assessments      Macroinvert...
These studies allowed projects to go forward without negatively impacting the habitatsof threatened and endangered species...
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT                                            We       have     expertise/experience     in              ...
PERMITTING      Local, State and Federal      NPDES      Erosion and Sediment Control      Water Obstruction and Encroachm...
STREAMS      Restoration      Natural Channel Design      Abandoned Mine Drainage      Water Quality      AssessmentsRESTO...
Natural channel design is a method of restoring or creating a stable stream channel byusing a natural system as a model. W...
WETLANDS                                                           Delineations                                           ...
DESIGNOnce a suitable site has been determined, WHM will create a conceptual design basedon the overall shape of the lands...
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS      Mapping      Surveying      Land Analysis      Project PlanningMAPPINGA geographic inf...
OTHER      Grant Writing      Construction Oversite/Monitoring      Nutrient TradingGRANT WRITINGWHM has the background an...
Stony Creek Wind FarmSomerset County, PennsylvaniaWHM provided E.ON (formally known as Airtricity, Inc.)with wetland and e...
Allegheny Power – Albright-Bethelboro Transmission Line UpgradeFayette County, Pennsylvania and Preston County, West Virgi...
Pipeline – Sediment Control Plans &Threatened/ Endangered Species MonitoringClinton and Lycoming Counties, PennsylvaniaWHM...
Bald Eagle Wetland Mitigation SiteCentre County, PennsylvaniaFew issues have polarized the business communityand environme...
Phoenix Resources, Inc.Landfill Expansion Project, Tioga County, PennsylvaniaWhen Phoenix Resources, Inc. needed to expand...
Engineered Rock Placement AreaI-99 Acid Rock RemediationCentre County, PennsylvaniaWe solved a critical environmental prob...
Laurel Valley Golf ClubLigonier, PennsylvaniaWHM completed a natural channel designproject on a stream running through the...
Orchard Club Subdivision SiteClearfield County, PennsylvaniaDuring the spring of 2008, North American LandCorporation (NAL...
Oley Mountain EstatesOley Township, Berks County, PennsylvaniaHaines and Kibblehouse (HK) commissioned StanleyJ. Boder (SJ...
Warriors Mark RunHuntingdon County, PennsylvaniaATC    Associates   Inc.    contracted   WHMConsulting,    Inc.   (WHM)   ...
Dayton Dam Removal ProjectRush TownshipCentre County, PAThis dam removal design was performed by a not-for-profit organiza...
McCoy-Linn Dam Stream Restoration ProjectSpring and Boggs TownshipsCentre County, PAThe McCoy-Linn Dam was removed to allo...
L.K. Metzger Dam Rehabilitation ProjectFerguson TownshipCentre County, PAA private landowner had a desire to repair andmak...
B. Michael SchaulPresident, WHM Solutions, Inc.Vice President, WHM Consulting, Inc.B. Michael Schaul has extensive experie...
M.A., public administration, Shippensburg State University, May 1972. Emphasis in publicopinion, systems and procedures of...
John J. Blazosky, P.E.WHM Consulting, Inc., PresidentWHM Solutions, Inc., Vice PresidentJohn J. Blazosky, P.E. has more th...
Project ExperienceEngineering Design and Permitting•   Planning, design, permitting, and implementation of numerous munici...
Conferences and Seminars Brownfields 2011 “Sustainable Communities Start Here” Sponsored by United States   Environmental ...
D. Josh LincolnCOO, Chief Operating OfficerMr. Lincoln has over 11 years of experience providing professional environmenta...
Stream Restoration   •   Monitored stream bank erosion rates and calculated sediment loading curves for several       wate...
Casey D. ClapsaddleHydrologist/Fluvial GeomorphologistMr. Capsaddle has over eighteen years of experience in hydrology, hy...
Training, “Enforcement Law II, USFS”, Tom Healy/Craig Endicott, 6/92Training, “Basic Supervision, USFS”, Rosalind Newton, ...
Publication and Presentations   • Stream Restoration Design and Construction short course instructor for the Canaan      V...
Kevin ClarkEnvironmental SpecialistMr. Clark graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Environment...
Water Resource Projects   •   Completed and assisted with wetland and stream mitigation plans, including designs, in      ...
Ryan NelsonEnvironmental SpecialistMr. Nelson is a graduate from The Pennsylvania State University, where he gained a Bach...
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  1. 1. Statement of Corporate Qualifications Science Collaborating with Business for Better Environmental Solutions 2525 Green Tech Drive Suite B State College, PA 16803 Phone: 814-689-1650 Fax: 814-689-1557
  2. 2. o Company Overview Company Profile The WHM Advantage Summary of Services o Service Profiles Natural Resource Management Biological and Ecological Studies Permitting Streams Wetlands GIS Other o Projects Detailed Project Profiles o Professional Staff of WHM Directors and Professional Staff Associates of WHM Strategic Alliances Contact Information© The WHM GroupSM Page 2 of 49
  3. 3. COMPANY PROFILEThe WHM GroupSM is a multi-discipline company committed to deliveringenvironmental resource solutions. WHM is proud of its record in solving environmentalproblems.The WHM GroupSM – along with its wholly owned subsidiaries, WHM Consulting, Inc.and WHM Solutions, Inc. – emerged from the successful business experiences ofWetlands Habitat Management, Inc. The WHM family of companies offerscomprehensive resolutions to difficult environmental problems.Founded in 1996 Wetlands Habitat Management provided third-party professionalsupport to clients dealing with complex wetland, stream and other highly regulatedenvironmental issues.Both companies in the new family are owned by the founders and certain senioremployees with an expertise that extends far beyond water resources. All owners areprofessionals with backgrounds in government and government relations,environmental permitting, environmental engineering, the natural sciences,construction, hydrology, business development in the United States and abroad, as wellas economic development, marketing and project management.The WHM GroupSM provides the overall business and science guidance for WHMConsulting and WHM Solutions. The Group follows a carefully balanced strategyemphasizing a collaboration of good environmental science and sound businesspractices in providing cost-effective solutions and services for clients.WHM Solutions, Inc. offers turnkey packages at an attractive fixed price to provide ourclients with the most cost effective and technically sound projects. From conceptualplanning and permitting to task implementation, The WHM GroupSM provides a totalpackage and a high degree of confidence of project success.WHM Consulting, Inc. provides support for a wide array of business and environmentalinterests. We have a proven record of expertise and success in wetland determinationsand delineations; biological surveys, studies and assessments for threatened andendangered species; complete environmental permitting for large, complex projects;ground-water and surface-water quality studies; site assessments and remediations.© The WHM GroupSM Page 3 of 49
  4. 4. THE WHM ADVANTAGE PERFORMANCEA Comprehensive Resource…WHM approaches environmental problems with a business strategy that maintains abalance between private sector resources and public regulations. WHM believes thatenvironmental impacts offer business opportunities for the private sector while at thesame time presenting solutions which strengthen the quality and integrity of our naturalresources. There is no need to seek out experts for each step of the process.Expertise…The Directors of WHM have all been involved with important corporate projects of allsizes since the mid-1970s. The Directors have also been active with many local, stateand federal governmental activities for the same period of time. Because of this uniqueexperience, WHM brings a competitive advantage in assisting business andgovernment to solve environmental problems.Operational Business Excellence…Because WHM, through its operating affiliate, has considerable practical experience inproviding environmental solutions for government and private interests, the Companyoffers unique insight and approach to its projects which are not available through otherparties.Confidentiality…WHM assures confidentiality in all of its activities.© The WHM GroupSM Page 4 of 49
  5. 5. SERVICE SUMMARYThe WHM team services client needs for a multitude of timely environmental issues. We areproud of our long history of providing a complete range of environmental and engineeringconsulting services from the early stages of planning and defining project objectives to theimplementing stages of construction management, inspection and certification. Once aproject is complete, our team provides the operational and follow-up services to assist youto insure your objectives are being met. The WHM team’s comprehensive expertise isbroadly separated into the following categories: PERMITTINGWHM coordinates with regulatory agencies on a variety of environmental projects andprovides expert assistance with obtaining all necessary permits and completing designs tocomplete your project. • Air Quality Permits • National Pollutant Discharge • Water Quality Permits Elimination System • Stormwater Discharge Permitting • Soil Erosion and Sediment Control • Waste Management Permitting • Post Construction Stormwater • Pennsylvania Act 2 Management. • Abandoned Mine Reclamation • Water Obstruction and • Oil and Gas Encroachment • General Permitting NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENTWe provide restoration, protection and conservation in areas of air, water, soils, agronomy,geology and hydrogeology. This includes management of wetlands and watercourse issuesincluding accurate boundary determination, property acquisition for developmentmitigation, computer-aided conceptual wetland and stream restoration design.Additionally, we work with jurisdictional agencies for the management of threatened andspecies issues including habitat assessments, presence/absence surveys, research, habitatmanagement plans, and construction monitoring services for species such as the TimberRattlesnake, Allegheny Woodrat, Northeast Bulrush and other specially regulated species. • Threatened and Endangered • Archeology Species • Watershed Assessments, • Wildlife Management Restoration, and Protection Plans • Wildlife Habitat • Stormwater Management Creation/Enhancement • Natural Channel Design • Biological and Ecological • Water Quality Assessments • Hydrological/Geological Studies • Macroinvertebrate Surveys • On-lot Waste Water Management • Radio Telemetry • Coal/Natural Gas • Soil Evaluations • Nutrient Credits • Wetland Delineations, Mitigation, and Treatment© The WHM GroupSM Page 5 of 49
  6. 6. SITE DESIGN MODELING AND MAPPING TECHNOLOGIESWHM/BAI has developed visual aids to help regulators and the public understand the scopeand visual impact of a project through design and site location mapping, in addition to 3Dproject visualization. Additionally, hydrology and hydraulic design softwares can be used todesign appropriately sized infrastructure. These software tools help clients for planning,managing, and decision making. Below are some of the commonly used software packages.Mapping Software Hydraulic Design Software • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 – Used for • HY-8 – Used for road overtopping grading design for design work • AutoCAD Land Desktop 2004– • VT/PSUHM – Determine flows for Used for grading design pipes and channels. • ArcGIS – Used for a variety of • HEC-RAS - Used to model water mapping and analyses flow • Trimble Terrasync – Used on the Hydrologic Design Software GeoXH GPS Unit • TR-55 Software – Used for smaller • Trimble GPS Pathfinder Office – watershed runoff calculations. Used for the GeoXH GPS Unit • USGS-WRIR – Used for larger • Visual Nature Studio – Used for 3d watershed runoff calculations. Video Animation utilizing GIS data. • PSU-IV - Used for larger watershed runoff calculations. ENERGY DEVELOPMENTEnergy will remain high on the nations list of priorities for many years, and this is a keyarea of our practice. As the nation searches for new sources, we offer: • Strategic Planning • Carbon Credits • Site Assessments and Development • Solar • Risk Management • Government Relations • Biogas • Uniting Partners and Clients • Wind to Energy WASTE MANAGEMENTWe have demonstrated innovation in nearly all sectors of waste management, includingliner technology, leachate management, bioreactors and landfill gas utilization. Ourpersonnel are skilled at the art of balancing environmental considerations with economicsand potential liability. • Brine Water Treatment & Disposal • Soils and Geosynthetic Materials • Landfill Disposal • Spill Prevention & Management • Permitting & Planning Services • Hazardous Waste Treatment • Regulatory Coordination • Hazardous Waste Recovery • Environmental Remediation • Reclamation • Emergency Response • Operation • Beneficial Use Projects • Closure • Hazardous Waste Collection • Monitoring • Construction Management • Post Closure • Quality Assurance • Impoundments
  7. 7. NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENTTHE PNDI PROCESSIn recent times, regulatory agencies, municipalities and corporations have becomeincreasingly concerned about ecological issues. The investigation and appropriateidentification of biological and natural resources are the foundation of any ecologicalproject. WHM personnel have the knowledge, skills, and experience to identify anyarea’s flora and fauna. Regardless of whether the project requires a one-day siteassessment or a long-term advanced research study involving a complete biologicalinventory, WHM has the ability to prepare an ecological or biological evaluation planthat meets the project’s needs and provides a feasible solution.The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources describes PNDI inthe following manner:The Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) is a partnership between thePennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, the Nature Conservancy, and the WesternPennsylvania Conservancy to conduct inventories and to collect data to describe theCommonwealths rarest and most significant ecological features. These features includeplant and animal species of special concern, rare and exemplary natural communitiesand outstanding geologic features. Site-specific information describing these features isstored in an integrated data management system created from map, manual, andcomputer files. The PNDI information system is continually refined and updated toinclude recently discovered locations and to describe environmental changes affectingknown sites. The goal is to build, maintain and provide accurate and accessibleecological information needed for conservation, development planning and naturalresource management. http://www.naturalheritage.state.pa.us/WHM believes that through advanced planning and minor modifications todevelopment plans, it is feasible to work with PNDI and developers to prevent losses ofbiological diversity without consequence to the economy.
  8. 8. ECOLOGICAL Threatened and Endangered Species Biological Assessments Ecological Assessments Macroinvertebrate Surveys Wildlife Management Radio Telemetry Wildlife Habitat Creation/EnhancementTHREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES Issues of threatened and endangered species often arise during the planning review by county conservation districts, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. If a database reveals that such species may be present in or within close proximity of the project area, the permit applicant is required to retain a qualified biologist to investigate the area.Early consultation with jurisdictional agencies prior to project development is critical.WHM and our associates have certified professionals to deal with “hits.”The bog turtle, the red-bellied turtle, the timber rattlesnake, the eastern massasaugarattlesnake, the Indiana bat, the green salamander, the bald eagle, the Alleghenywoodrat, and the northeastern bulrush are among a group of species that generateconcern in Pennsylvania and in some neighboring states. WHM staff and associatesinclude personnel that are recognized by State and Federal agencies as qualifiedsurveyors/biologists for the above mentioned species.WHM staff and associates have conducted numerous habitat assessments andpresence/absence surveys for many plant and animal species of concern for variousdevelopers, engineering firms, non-profit organizations, universities, and governmentagencies in:Pennsylvania Maryland Florida South CarolinaNew Jersey Virginia Florida Keys GeorgiaNew York Ohio Alaska Upper Mid WestDelaware New England California North Carolina© The WHM GroupSM Page 8 of 49
  9. 9. These studies allowed projects to go forward without negatively impacting the habitatsof threatened and endangered species.The expertise and experience of our staff and associates includes, but is not limited toother species such as: the wood turtle, map turtles, spotted turtles, box turtles,canebrake rattlesnake, eastern hognose snake, corn snake, northern pine snake,northern copperhead, eastern fence lizard, five-lined skink, pine barrens tree frog,eastern spadefoot toad, western spadefoot toad, green salamander, Jeffersonsalamanders, marbled salamander, spotted salamanders, American alligator, Americancrocodile, spectacled caiman, Aleutian canada goose, red-headed woodpeckers, semi-palmated sandpipers, upland sandpiper, piping plovers, loggerhead shrike, burrowingowl, barred owls, grasshopper sparrow, black crowned night heron, American bittern,bobolink, eastern small footed bat, northern myotis bat, many species of freshwatermussels, Stephen’s kangaroo rat, coronet blue butterfly, edith’s checkerspot butterfly,damselflies, dragonflies, eared false foxglove, swamp honeysuckle, swamp pink,Hartford fern, pitcher plants, sundews, and broom crowberry.BIOLOGICAL/ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS Biological and ecological assessments are generally an inventory of all plant and animal life within an assigned area, and the overall environmental quality of that area relating abiotic factors (temperature, light, moisture) to biotic components, the living things that shape an ecosystem.MACROINVERTEBRATE SURVEYS The condition of aquatic habitat is an indicator of the overall health of a watershed. WHM has experienced staff that can perform aquatic habitat assessments, including macroinvertebrate surveys, and is familiar with leading assessment protocols required in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.© The WHM GroupSM Page 9 of 49
  10. 10. WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT We have expertise/experience in environmental impact statements, surveys and technical reports for many species of threatened and endangered plants and wildlife, natural resource/biological inventories, herptile inventories and surveys, construction monitoring services for threatened and endangered species, vernal pool surveys and evaluations, drift fence trapping for threatened and endangered species, and bog turtle trapping.RADIO TELEMETRY Radio telemetry is a mechanism used by biologists to track wildlife in the field, usually for the purpose of obtaining activity range and daily movement data, as well as habitat use. Radio transmitters can be safely attached to wildlife through a variety of procedures depending on the species. The data can be used to develop an appropriate wildlife management or habitat management plan. An example would behabitat management at a known bog turtle site. Particular portions of wetlands wherebog turtles are known to occur may be managed differently based on the activity rangeand habitat use data provided through radio telemetry.WILDLIFE HABITAT CREATION/ENHANCEMENT Habitat creation involves the construction of appropriate habitat for a given wildlife or plant species through activities such as prescribed burning, exotic/invasive vegetation removal, vernal pool construction, waterway enhancement, and introduction of native vegetation.© The WHM GroupSM Page 10 of 49
  11. 11. PERMITTING Local, State and Federal NPDES Erosion and Sediment Control Water Obstruction and Encroachment Department of Environmental ProtectionLOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL PERMITTINGWe provide complete environmental permitting for large and complex projects. WHMhas experienced staff that works closely with our clients to develop realistic strategiesthat comply with local, state and federal governmental relations.NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEMAs authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge EliminationSystem permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources thatdischarge pollutants into waters of the United States. Point sources are conveyancessuch as pipes or man-made ditches. Industrial, municipal and other facilities mustobtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters.EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROLErosion is the natural process by which the surface of the land is worn away by water,wind or chemical action. Permits are required for plans to minimize erosion andsedimentation. This can include timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance,agriculture, construction of buildings and dozens of other activities.WATER OBSTRUCTION AND ENCROACHMENTWater obstruction and encroachment permits are required for any structure or activitythat changes, expands or diminishes the course, current or cross section of awatercourse, floodway, stream, creek, river, lake, pond, reservoir, swamp, marsh,wetland or other body of water. This involves the state, the Corps of Engineers, andpossibly municipalities and other federal agencies. You don’t want to try this on yourown.DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONYour state’s Department of Environmental Protection regulates air quality, water quality,acid mine drainage, flood protection, hazardous-waste sites, alternative fuels programs,oil and gas wells, brownfield redevelopment, erosion control, municipal waste andlandfills, storage tanks and dozens of other things. Obtaining all necessary permits canbe nearly impossible without expert assistance.© The WHM GroupSM Page 11 of 49
  12. 12. STREAMS Restoration Natural Channel Design Abandoned Mine Drainage Water Quality AssessmentsRESTORATIONStream channels that are impaired can become unstable and cause damage toinfrastructure such as roads, bridges and houses. In addition, unstable streams canproduce high sediment loads that impact aquatic habitat and stability of downstreamreaches.WHM has assessed hundreds of miles of streams to determine "pinch points" thataffect channel stability. Bank erosion surveys determine the rate of channel movementand sediment production, leading to the development of plans to remediate theproblems.We also have expertise in riparian zones – the transitional areas between land andwater environments. For many streams, there is little or no riparian zone, due toclearing, paving or neglect. This may result in increased flooding and erosion, and maycause property damage. The establishment of the riparian zone of streams andwetlands is vital to the health of water resources. The vegetation of the riparian zoneprovides habitat, streambank protection, shading and filtering of stormwater runoff.WHM evaluates riparian vegetation and provides solutions to improve or restore thesevital areas.Stream restoration includes returning a stream, its floodplain and riparian area to itsnatural and stable condition, as well as re-establishing its biological habitat andfunction.NATURAL CHANNEL DESIGNToday, many stream channels are impaired due to development, sprawl and agriculturalpractices. It is important to restore impaired waterways not only for water quality,recreation and aesthetics, but also because streams provide habitat for complexecosystems and are critical to the overall health of any watershed.© The WHM GroupSM Page 12 of 49
  13. 13. Natural channel design is a method of restoring or creating a stable stream channel byusing a natural system as a model. WHM has successfully designed stream restorationprojects using these methods in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, North Carolina andWest Virginia. We offer full-service solutions: background data collection, design,permitting and construction.ABANDONED MINE DRAINAGEConstructed wetlands provide a cost-effective and long-term alternative solution for thetreatment of acid mine drainage, stormwater and various industrial wastewaters. WHMhas designed and developed wetlands that utilize naturally occurring chemical andbiological processes to remove contaminants prior to entering the watershed. Thiscutting-edge technology is typically developed through the design and construction of aseries of aerobic and anaerobic wetlands. WHM has been successful in providing ourclients with passive treatment systems that meet effluent discharge limits andtreatment goals.Passive wetland treatment also can be utilized to gain credits in nutrient managementprograms, such as the Chesapeake Bay Strategy.WATER QUALITYPollution degrades surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming,and other activities. We have experienced staff that specializes in the evaluation ofwater resources. The intention of a watershed assessment is to collect data thatcharacterize the health of the watershed. The assessment results will identify areas thatare impaired or areas that have valuable resources. This information can then be usedfor planning, obtaining grants, preservation and restoration. Typically, the watershedassessment is the initial phase of planning to prioritize stream improvement projects.Through our strategic relationship with our associate ESG, we are able to pursue grantassistance through state and federal programs.ASSESSMENTSGeomorphic stream classification is a system of defining streams based onmorphological characteristics and functions. With our staff specializing in fluvialgeomorphology, WHM is able to provide stream channel classifications as a useful toolfor identifying areas of impairment and to predict future stream problems before theyoccur.© The WHM GroupSM Page 13 of 49
  14. 14. WETLANDS Delineations Mitigation Design ConstructionDELINEATIONSDuring the initiation of any project, it is wise to have your site evaluated for wetlands.Avoiding this step can be costly, time consuming and may inhibit the development ofthe project. WHM has experienced professionals who can determine whetherjurisdictional wetlands and waters exist within your project location.Wetlands are those areas on the landscape that experience saturation or ponding for atleast 5% of the growing season, contain plants that are tolerant to periods of saturatedconditions, and display evidence of hydric soils. These areas are subject to varyinglocal, state and federal regulations.WHM utilizes the most up-to-date technical methods to delineate wetland boundariesand prepare technical data and mapping for your project. Additionally, our professionalswill provide recommendations to avoid and minimize water resource impacts in order toachieve your goals.MITIGATIONWe have developed successful wetland mitigation sites throughout Pennsylvania. Wecarefully select properties suitable for wetland development by utilizing the most up-to-date Geographic Information Systems databases and software. Potential sites areidentified through an examination of hydrology, soils and the probability of being awetland historically. Selecting the best mitigation site translates into a high probabilityof success using less construction effort. Selection of the best mitigation site is wellworth the effort to save substantial funds. Our view, refreshingly different from mostothers is to examine the lifecycle costs of the mitigation site.© The WHM GroupSM Page 14 of 49
  15. 15. DESIGNOnce a suitable site has been determined, WHM will create a conceptual design basedon the overall shape of the landscape and the development of a hydrological waterbudget. Through computer-aided design, construction drawings are then developed.The final design illustrates phased construction activities, erosion-control practices anda complete planting and re-vegetation schedule.CONSTRUCTIONWHM is able to provide wetland mitigation as a turnkey project with a full list ofservices, including GIS property searches, on-site resource evaluations for potentialwetland mitigation, permitting from the state and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,construction, construction management and professional engineering certification,preparation of bid documents and project specifications, and wetland monitoring andmaintenance.© The WHM GroupSM Page 15 of 49
  16. 16. GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS Mapping Surveying Land Analysis Project PlanningMAPPINGA geographic information system (GIS) is most often associated with a map. A map,however, is only one way we work with geographic data. A geographic informationsystem holds great problem-solving capabilities, integrating hardware, software anddata. GIS improves the speed and accuracy with which you uncover trends and patternshidden in your data. We’ve employed GIS in stream channel and wetland design, windresource analysis, topographic mapping and other areas.SURVEYINGOur staff uses data acquired by our team using GPS technology, as well as data that’savailable through spatial databases. By integrating these services, as well as computer-aided design, our firm has had great success determining the suitability of a site for aspecific project. The products we generate fulfill our clients’ needs in planning,managing and decision-making.LAND ANALYSISWHM helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a waythat is quickly understood and easily shared. We’ve assisted numerous clients withanalysis using the most up-to-date technology and data. Our staff can help youvisualize spatial relationships and determine environmental concerns.PROJECT PLANNINGOur geographic information system team helps you succeed, using less constructioneffort and saving substantial funds through our efficient and effective use oftechnology. We’ve used this technology to assist our clients with site selection, propertyacquisition, environmental management, project planning and development, andfeasibility studies for a wide range of projects.© The WHM GroupSM Page 16 of 49
  17. 17. OTHER Grant Writing Construction Oversite/Monitoring Nutrient TradingGRANT WRITINGWHM has the background and knowledge to assist non-profit organizations with grantwriting to pursue funding from private, state and federal sources for various projectsdesired by the organization. We have high success rate for receiving funding for theorganizations, especially through Growing Greener which is the largest singleinvestment of state funds in Pennsylvania history to address critical environmentalproblems. Funds are available for innovative projects, energy related projects, publicparks, and projects that restore, conserve and preserve our valuable resources.CONSTRUCTION OVERSITE/MONITORINGWHM provides construction oversight on wetland construction, stream restoration andAMD projects for its clients. WHM ensures that all of the design parameters and QA/QCspecifications are met during the construction process. WHM also has a qualified timberrattle snake biologist and bog turtle surveyor that can be used to provide constructionmonitoring when habitats of these two species are being encroached upon.NUTRIENT TRADINGWith nutrient loading becoming such a high priority watershed problem, WHM hasexperience in helping clients manage their problems with nutrient loading. Theseclients range from municipal waste point source dischargers to agricultural non-pointsource dischargers of nutrients. WHM provides answers to nutrient management forthe clients. Nutrient trading becomes an option when sequestering the nutrientsbecomes too costly or if the client has sequestered nutrients in excess opening them tothe market.© The WHM GroupSM Page 17 of 49
  18. 18. Stony Creek Wind FarmSomerset County, PennsylvaniaWHM provided E.ON (formally known as Airtricity, Inc.)with wetland and engineering services in connection withthe Stony Creek Wind Project. The Stony Creek WindProject is a 35 turbine wind farm proposed on 3,000 acresof reclaimed and forested land along the Allegheny Plateauof southwestern Pennsylvania.WHM performed a preliminary desktop analysis utilizing upto date GIS data layers to identify potential wetlandlocations. Based on this review, WHM performed a seriesof field investigations which identified the size, extent, andclassification of water resources present within the projectarea. Wetland delineations were performed on a total of1500 acres of project area and 1.85 miles of transmissionline in accordance with methods outlined in the 1987 U.S.Army Corps of Engineers Manual and other subsequent guidance documents. Wetland andwatercourse boundaries were marked with blue and pink flagging and numbered accordingly.During our onsite investigation, USACE wetland data forms and photograph documentationwere completed for each identified wetland and adjacent upland area. The wetland delineationphase of the project took 20 field crew days to complete.The wetland boundaries were surveyed concurrent with the wetland delineation. Each wetlandflag was surveyed with a Trimble GeoXH GPS receiver in a coordinate system specified byAirtricity, Inc. The post processing correction of this data was sub foot accuracy.Following the completion of the field work, wetland findings were presented in a wetlanddelineation report that included wetland descriptions, mapping, data forms, photographdocumentation and resumes. This documentation was presented in a format in accordance withthe USACE and PaDEP review standards. WHM coordinated 3 onsite meetings with agencyrepresentatives from the USACE and PaDEP for field verification of wetland boundaries.WHM coordinated with E.ON engineers in the selection of access roads in attempt to avoid andminimize wetland impacts. This coordination consisted of communicating to the client areas tobe avoided thus minimizing permitting issues.WHM prepared a Water Obstruction and Encroachment Joint Permit application for the StonyCreek Wind Project. Key elements of the permit application included Pennsylvania NaturalDiversity Inventory (PNDI) Coordination, Cultural Resources Notice, a Project DescriptionNarrative, an Environmental Assessment form, an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan andapproval letter, and a written narrative and figures detailing practicable alternatives to theproposed activities, including alternative locations, routings, designs, etc., that show avoidanceand minimization of environmental impacts.© The WHM GroupSM Page 18 of 49
  19. 19. Allegheny Power – Albright-Bethelboro Transmission Line UpgradeFayette County, Pennsylvania and Preston County, West VirginiaTackling the sheer length of large-scale linear projects– whether overhead utility lines or underground gaspipelines – is a unique challenge. WHM Consulting,Inc. (WHM) and Blazosky Associates, Inc. (BAI) havebeen very successful in providing permitting andenvironmental consulting services for these types ofprojects.When Allegheny Power needed to rehabilitate a long32+ mile stretch of transmission line spanning fromPennsylvania into West Virginia and involvingnumerous regulatory agencies, they contracted withthe WHM/BAI Team. In all, the project included theremoval and replacement of 73 wire support towers, access roads for each tower to the nearestpublic road, and nearly 400 total project acres. Receiving streams of the project area include 5 HighQuality Cold Water Fishery streams, creating additional challenges.An initial site visit occurred throughout all areas to be impacted as a result of this project. This wasto characterize the site conditions for existing infrastructure (i.e. roads, culverts, etc…), wetlandsand other environmentally sensitive features that may be impacted as a result of this project.The extensive mapping required for this linear project area was achieved in various mannersutilizing our AutoCAD and ArcGIS mapping capabilities. In Pennsylvania, LIDAR (Light Detection andRanging) topography is available for the project area, while other site features were obtained fromUSGS sources and color orthophotos. In West Virginia, mapping was compiled from USGSquadrangles, orthophotos, and U.S. census Bureau Tiger Line data. Field investigation data wereadded which included site notes and GPS surveyed information. Key maps on the drawings depictedthe organization of numerous plan sheets to facilitate overall understanding of the project site forreviewers.Due to the large size and overall scope of the project, numerous engineering, reporting andpermitting efforts were required, including: PA NPDES Individual Permit for Stormwater Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory Discharges Associated with Construction Review Activities Cultural Resource Notice WV NPDES General Permit for Construction Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plans Stormwater Activity Post-Construction Stormwater Management PA General Permit for Minor Road Crossings Plans PA General Permit for Utility Line Stream Wetland Delineation Report Crossings Riparian Buffer Waiver RequestIn order to keep to its planning and construction schedule, Allegheny Power desired quickturnaround on permit preparation and agency review. WHM/BAI was able to complete theapplication for each state within the schedules defined by Allegheny. West Virginia permits wereobtained within one month of submission. Pennsylvania permit applications were recently submittedand are under review. These are anticipated to be obtained in time for Allegheny’s plannedconstruction schedule.© The WHM GroupSM Page 19 of 49
  20. 20. Pipeline – Sediment Control Plans &Threatened/ Endangered Species MonitoringClinton and Lycoming Counties, PennsylvaniaWHM provided a confidential Pipeline companyassistance in the preparation on Soil Erosion andSediment Control Plans (SESC) andThreatened/Endangered Species monitoring inrelationship to the Anomaly Dig Locations in Clintonand Lycoming Counties, Pennsylvania.During this project, WHM drafted and submitted SESCplans, showing the locations of each dig location andthe Best Management Practices that may be used.The project also required Water Obstruction andEncroachment Permits that involved coordination withboth the County Conservation Districts and the Pennsylvania Department of EnvironmentalProtection. Both of these government agencies issued separate permits for the project, sincepermitting delegation in Pennsylvania can be issued by both county and state agencies. Projectlocation determines delegation. Some of these sites were located in special protectionwatersheds, which create a more in-depth permitting process, since these watersheds requirethe highest standards of protection and the least intrusive construction practices.To complete the permits, WHM performed wetland delineations on the subject areas. Whiledelineating the anomaly dig locations, the areas that were found to be wetlands were thensurveyed using WHM owned GPS equipment that has accuracy standards that meet theaccuracy and quality requirements. This data was then used to map out the wetlandboundaries using ArcMap, Terrasync, and AutoCAD software packages. All work performed wascompleted by WHM for these SESC Plans and Permitting. WHM completed onsite field visits withregulatory staff to review the areas where permits were required.A large portion of this project was located in the Sproul State Forest, which is located in theleast developed portion of the state. During the maintenance digs, issues arose with StateForester concerning the practices and materials being used to re-stabilize disturbed areas.However, through coordination and meetings with the client, WHM and the Sproul State Forest,the issues were resolved and the construction practices were refined to satisfy the needs of theState Forester.This project was located in a portion of Pennsylvania that has a large population of TimberRattlesnakes, which are a candidate threatened species regulated through the Pennsylvania Fishand Boat Commission (PFBC). As a result of this status, construction projects in known TimberRattlesnake habitat require monitoring by a PFBC approved specialist. This specialist monitorsthe construction, and when a rattlesnake is present on the site, the specialist removes therattlesnake and places it far off the project site, protecting both the construction staff andrattlesnake. WHM and its associates were able to staff this project requirement throughout theproject.© The WHM GroupSM Page 20 of 49
  21. 21. Bald Eagle Wetland Mitigation SiteCentre County, PennsylvaniaFew issues have polarized the business communityand environmentalists more than the balancebetween development and protecting wetlands. WHMhas developed a highly innovative approach thatcreates new wetlands while allowing projects to moveahead. An example is the Bald Eagle WetlandMitigation Site, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania.Although avoidance of wetland damage is a goal inhighway construction, some impact is unavoidable.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hiredWHM to provide mitigation for such situations. Weutilize a non-traditional methodology, assembling a team to handle everything at no risk to theclient. We find a site, purchase the property, acquire the permits, deal with regulatory agenciesand construct replacement wetlands – all at a per-acre fixed cost.Through careful field and desktop evaluations, followed by numerous discussions with propertyowners, WHM located several potential properties in the Bald Eagle Valley in Centre County,Pa. These properties were selected based on their ability to create wetlands as determined byan examination of hydrology and soils, as well as other environmental and non-environmentalfactors. Larger contiguous properties create a more diverse habitat than smaller unwantedparcels. Properties that retained a high possibility of success were ranked for acquisition.After clearances were issued and sites were selected, WHM began to create a design for theBald Eagle project based on the overall shape of the landscape and the development of ahydrologic water budget. The concept was presented to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S.Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pennsylvania Department ofEnvironmental Protection, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and other state and localagencies. The final design was based on input from each of these agencies, and then used toobtain regulatory approvals necessary for the construction of wetlands.As the project progressed, a series of construction drawings was developed, resulting in a final,detailed design illustrating phased construction activities, erosion control practices and acomplete planting and re-vegetation schedule. As part of the regulatory permits and approvals,WHM developed a monitoring plan to ensure long-term site maintenance and success. Fundingfor the project includes provisions for ongoing and long-term management of the wetlands by anon-profit organization.WHM will have provided PennDOT with 50 acres of wetland mitigation credits. In addition,wetland preservation, restoration and upland habitat are part of this project.© The WHM GroupSM Page 21 of 49
  22. 22. Phoenix Resources, Inc.Landfill Expansion Project, Tioga County, PennsylvaniaWhen Phoenix Resources, Inc. needed to expand itsconstruction/demolition landfill in Tioga County,Pennsylvania, WHM was retained to avoid orminimize impact to aquatic resources. Delineationswere conducted throughout 1,200 acres, despite anumber of challenges. First, this required promptfield activity and a huge effort to cover a largeamount of land in a relatively short time, even whenweather made delineations difficult. Second,numerous small "pothole" wetlands wereinadvertently created by human activities, particularlyin forested areas. This increased the degree ofdifficulty associated with the delineation process. Third, a number of state and federalregulatory agencies were involved. WHM worked with the owner and all regulatory groups toavoid those wetlands with the highest value. By working with all groups, including the landfilldesigners, the need for mitigation was reduced from the initial designs to permittablequantities.Once all of the alternatives had been exhausted, several low-quality wetland impacts becameunavoidable. These impacts were compensated through effective mitigation programsdeveloped by WHM. Such mitigation includes the creation of larger, high-quality wetlands. Withthe approach that large wetlands bring more value than many smaller ones, WHM attempts tomatch functions and values to meet agency expectations. Our wetland replacement plan wasprepared based on procedures and guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department ofEnvironmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to conducting fieldinvestigations, we completed a review of natural resource data associated with the project site.Specifically, WHM reviewed mapping by the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and WildlifeNational Wetland Inventory and the U.S.D.A. Soil Conservation Service.Our goal was to create approximately 5 acres of mixed open-water, emergent and scrub-shrub/forested wetland systems within the Phoenix Resources property. In addition, thismitigation site aimed to provide expanded wetland and upland habitat, enhanced aestheticconditions and improved quality of water runoff into Babb Creek through increased nutrient andtoxicant sequestration. Land use within the property boundary consisted of the existingconstruction/demolition landfill, its adjacent soil borrow area, idle forest, reclaimed strip minesand deep mined areas. Wetlands and watercourses located on the property were delineated byWHM and evaluated using the Ohio Rapid Assessment Method. This evaluation characterizedwetland habitats ranging from low to high quality habitat and function.Our investigations on the subject property followed a three-pronged approach to characterizingwetlands. This involved hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils and wetland hydrology. Uponcompleting our investigations, areas exhibiting all three criteria presented above werecharacterized as jurisdictional wetlands. In addition, adjacent waterways were identified andflagged as regulated waters of the United States. The monitoring involved periodic inspectionsby a qualified wetland specialist for a period of not less than five years.© The WHM GroupSM Page 22 of 49
  23. 23. Engineered Rock Placement AreaI-99 Acid Rock RemediationCentre County, PennsylvaniaWe solved a critical environmental problem that haltedconstruction of an interstate highway, and we did itahead of schedule, under budget, with no risk to ourclient.During construction of a key stretch of I-99 in centralPennsylvania, pyritic rock was exposed when largevolumes of earth were excavated. When exposed towater, pyrite creates sulfuric acid, which contaminateswater supplies, kills aquatic life, degrades concrete andcorrodes steel. Iron, aluminum and other metals alsoare released to ground water and an environmentallysensitive watershed.WHM was selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to develop andimplement a solution for the most controversial, complex environmental problem faced by theagency: the disposition of 1.5 million cubic yards of what is often called acid rock. Weproposed a turnkey solution: Using the best science, WHM would design, engineer, overseeconstruction, operate and monitor the success of a lined disposal site known as an engineeredrock placement area.WHM and its team secured permits, overcame public objections, presented the solution to avariety of local and state government officials, worked closely with regulators and participatedin a variety of interactions with scientists and the media. The detailed design of the engineeredrock placement area (or ERPA, pronounced URP-uh) incorporated landfill engineering principlesincluding: subsurface investigations, surface water management, placement operations,infiltrate management, construction quality assurance and control, public relations, as well asmonitoring, closure and post-closure plans. We did it at a fixed price, per cubic yard ofmaterial, so risks were minimized for the Department of Transportation– which had limitedexpertise to cope with this situation.The WHM team selected the disposal site and constructed all layers of the lined facility. Thepyritic rock was mixed with baghouse lime to neutralize the acid, then capped with a uniquefinal cover system – a geomembrane welded to the lining system so the pyritic material iscompletely sealed off from the environment in a “dry tomb.” Finally, there is a unique 4-footsoil cap appropriate for native vegetation of grasses, shrubs and small trees. A thicker thannormal cap (4 feet instead of 2) allows use of a more diverse native vegetation, which in turnvisually blends the site into its surroundings.Our reputation, creativity, expertise, partnerships and relationships with the PennsylvaniaDepartment of Environmental Protection and other regulators allowed a massive project to becompleted ahead of schedule and under budget. WHM continues to monitor the progress ofthe water quality and vegetation in the vicinity.© The WHM GroupSM Page 23 of 49
  24. 24. Laurel Valley Golf ClubLigonier, PennsylvaniaWHM completed a natural channel designproject on a stream running through the LaurelValley Golf Course, saving the owners somemoney in the process.One condition of the design was that the streambanks had to remain grass. This presented achallenge because grass has shallow roots and isnot effective in preventing erosion. Anothercondition was that the channel had tocomplement the aesthetic of the course, whichwas designed by Arnold Palmer. This conditionlimited the approaches that could be used.Eroding stream banks are a common problem on golf courses. Not only are they areunattractive, but they can cause ponds to fill with sediment, resulting in costly dredging.Traditionally, golf courses have stabilized streams with retaining walls or wire baskets filled withrock, both of which are unsightly, expensive and prone to failure. Natural channel design is amethod of restoring or creating a stable stream channel by using a natural system as a model.WHM has designed successful stream restoration projects in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland,North Carolina and West Virginia. We offer full-service solutions that include background datacollection, design, permitting and construction.WHM’s techniques transform an unappealing stream into a beautiful golf-course asset thatrequires little maintenance and is environmentally friendly. This is accomplished by reshapingthe eroding channel into a more natural condition. We use our knowledge of natural channels tooffer a cost-effective alternative to eroding waterways.The stabilization technique we chose for the Laurel Valley project incorporated methods used innatural channel design. This approach employs stable natural channels as a model fordeveloping channel pattern, profile and hydraulic dimensions. Another key component of thistechnique uses in-stream structures to protect sections of the stream that are vulnerable toerosion.The final project consisted of grading a new channel pattern and dimensions to decrease thechannel slope and bank height. This decreased the power of the stream and the potential forerosion. In addition, j-hook log vanes were installed to protect the stream’s banks.We obtained permit approvals in a timely manner, so construction began on schedule. Throughour relationships with regulators, we know how to prepare permit applications that the agencieswill consider complete in the first submission.© The WHM GroupSM Page 24 of 49
  25. 25. Orchard Club Subdivision SiteClearfield County, PennsylvaniaDuring the spring of 2008, North American LandCorporation (NALC) commissioned Stan Boder ofWHM to conduct a Phase I timber rattlesnakehabitat assessment and a Phase II timberrattlesnake presence/absence survey at theOrchard Club Subdivision Site (herein referred toas site) in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. TheOrchard Club Site is comprised of 1,285 acresand is surrounded primarily by Moshannon StateForest Lands and Pennsylvania State GameLands No. 34.The property consisted of vacant wooded land with the exception of a hunting camp/vacationhome in the southwest portion of the site with a driveway connecting the property to a road tothe west. A subdivision plan had been approved to divide the site into 55 lots intended forresidential use. It was intended that development will be restricted to protect the woodednature of the site.The habitat assessment was conducted in May of 2008 and in accordance with the PA Fish andBoat Commission (PFBC) assessment protocol (revised July 2001) for determining the presenceof potential timber rattlesnake habitat. The PFBC habitat assessment form was completed.During the habitat assessment, it was determined that potential timber rattlesnake over-wintering (denning) and basking (gestating/rookery) habitat occurs on and in immediateproximity to the site. Therefore, in May of 2008, NALC commissioned WHM to conduct atimber rattlesnake presence/absence survey at the site. The timber rattlesnakepresence/absence survey took place during May and June of 2008 and was conducted inaccordance with the PFBC "Timber Rattlesnake Presence-Absence Survey Guidelines" (revisedMarch 2004).Timber rattlesnakes were found to be present on the site. The rattlesnakes were primarilyobserved in a 30 acre basking habitat area found in the northcentral portion of the site asignificant distance from any proposed development. Through collaboration with the PFBC, thePFBC and WHM decided to develop a plan to distribute signs at the property which will alertand educate future lot owners of the potential of interactions with timber rattlesnakes on theproject site. In addition, a timber rattlesnake educational package for lot owners wasproduced. These signs and educational package materials will provide lot owners withinstructions on how to safely deal with timber rattlesnakes that might wander through theirproperties and with education regarding the protected status of the timber rattlesnake in PA.The timber rattlesnake habitat in the northcentral portion of the property will be set aside as anatural area. The facilitation of the educational signs and educational packages allowed for theproject to be permitted as planned.© The WHM GroupSM Page 25 of 49
  26. 26. Oley Mountain EstatesOley Township, Berks County, PennsylvaniaHaines and Kibblehouse (HK) commissioned StanleyJ. Boder (SJB) on November 8, 2007, to conduct aPhase I Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) HabitatAssessment at the proposed Oley Mountain Estatesdevelopment in Oley Township, Berks County,Pennsylvania. The property is a 57.6 acre tract ofmostly undeveloped agricultural land located on anagricultural hill-side. Scattered private residences,woodlands, agricultural fields, and small businessescurrently surround the site. The construction of atwelve (12) lot residential subdivision is proposed forthe property. All lots were to use on-lot water andon-lot sewer systems.Based on coordination with the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) database,regarding species of concern, the potential for the future land development of the tract to affectthe bog turtle was identified. In response to this concern, a Phase I bog turtle habitatassessment was conducted to determine the presence/absence of conditions suitable forspecies support. This summary provides the findings of a Phase I species habitat assessmentconducted on wetland areas associated with the subject tract.The survey was performed on November 24, 2007 by USFWS-Qualified Bog Turtle SurveyorStanley J. Boder. A site reconnaissance was conducted to determine if suitable soils, hydrology,and vegetation for bog turtles were met in a narrow watercourse and its fringe wetlandsassociated with the east-central portion of the property. A US Fish and Wildlife Service(USFWS) and PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) Bog Turtle Habitat Evaluation – Field Form(revised 1/12/2005) was completed for the site. Photographs were taken during the survey toprovide a visual of key parameters that indicate whether a site has wetlands containingpotential bog turtle habitat. Photo documentation of the soils, vegetation and hydrology wereprovided in the phase I report. Soil conditions in the wetland areas were not mucky and soilscould not be probed to a depth greater than 1-2 inches in any on-site wetland area. Based onthe field investigation, it was concluded that no potential core habitat for the Bog Turtle ispresent on the subject property due to the lack of mucky soils found within the on-site wetlandarea. In addition, potential core Bog Turtle habitat did not appear to occur immediatelyadjacent to the project site. Therefore, it was concluded by SJB that the proposed projectwould not negatively impact the Bog Turtle. The USFWS and the PFBC both concurred withSJB’s findings and the project was permitted to proceed as planned.© The WHM GroupSM Page 26 of 49
  27. 27. Warriors Mark RunHuntingdon County, PennsylvaniaATC Associates Inc. contracted WHMConsulting, Inc. (WHM) to performmacroinvertebrate sampling and a habitatassessment on Warriors Mark Run inHuntingdon County, Pennsylvania. The streamsegment was assessed in response to a motorvehicle accident which involved a spill ofhazardous material the stream. The studyinvolved charactering the stream segmentupstream, downstream and within the areawhere the spill occurred (impact zone) todetermine potential impacts from the spill.WHM performed all work in accordance with the outlined Pennsylvania Department ofEnvironmental Protection (DEP) Protocol, “Standardized Biological Field Collection andLaboratory Methods” and “Index of Biological Integrity for Wadeable, Freestone Streams inPennsylvania” to complete the assessment and survey.These guidance documents outlined field procedures used to conduct the habitat assessment,collect macroinvertebrate, and procedures to perform laboratory methods and identification.The habitat assessment conducted characterized the stream segments and provided insight onthe various physical conditions of the stream within the stream reach, such as embeddednessand riffle/run prevalence. Sampling of the macroinvertebrates followed the Semi-QuantitativeMethod using a D-frame net. Macroinveretbrates were identified to the genus species, in mostcase. This data was used to determine an Index of Biological Integrity (IBI), developed by DEP,was determined based on six different biological metrics calculated for each assessed streamsegment. The IBI was used to determine if stream has been impacted from the spill based onthe upstream IBI scoring. Based on the IBI and habitat assessment, there is has been nonegative ecological impact on Warriors Mark Run.© The WHM GroupSM Page 27 of 49
  28. 28. Dayton Dam Removal ProjectRush TownshipCentre County, PAThis dam removal design was performed by a not-for-profit organization and the Pennsylvania Fish andBoat Commission. Preliminary work included areview of the PNDI (Pennsylvania Natural DiversityIndex) for threatened and endangered species alongwith a cultural resources review.Mapping was performed by WHM. The designincluded a drawdown permit, sediment analyses andan erosion control Plan. The primary objective ofthis design was to re-establish the historic floodplain to pre-dam conditions. In addition thedesign also will restore stream habitat and ecosystem functions and improve water quality. Thestream channel design incorporates cross vanes and other natural channel design installations.The hydrology and hydraulics for the project was performed in conjunction with BlazoskyAssociates Inc.Removed sediment will be used on site such that a cut and fill balance is achieved. A naturalstream channel design will be used to route the headwaters of Sixmile Run through the onceinundated portions of the dam and reconnect native brook trout habitat to the downstreamportion.Post construction planting will include vegetation which mimics the surrounding MoshannonState Forest. Native species are the targeted for there ability to survive within the valley inaddition to matching the natural habitat. The plantings will provide habitat for birds andanimals throughout the forest in addition to providing shade over Sixmile Run. This will keepwater levels cool and promote brook trout migration throughout.All work was performed in an expedited schedule to facilitate the needs of the client.© The WHM GroupSM Page 28 of 49
  29. 29. McCoy-Linn Dam Stream Restoration ProjectSpring and Boggs TownshipsCentre County, PAThe McCoy-Linn Dam was removed to allow for fishpassage throughout the lower reaches of SpringCreek, a high-quality cold water fishery. Once thedam was removed, remnant sediments remained onthe banks and the creek flowed through a constrictedchannel. The stream had high water velocitiesthroughout the reach as a result of the narrowchannel. Erosive conditions existed throughout thereach due to the high water velocity, contributingsediments into the Spring Creek watershed. ThePennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and a not-for-profit organization retained WHM todesign a stream channel that stabilize the banks throughout the reach and design a channelthat better suits the site needs.Site surveying and mapping was performed by WHM together with BluAcres, LLC to base thedesign of the stream channel. The site survey gathered information of the existing conditionsand various stream channel features that are necessary in the design portion of the project.The final design of this stream reach creates a stable stream segment with rock vanes thatstabilize the stream bed and banks. Wood structures are to be placed throughout the reachwithin the stream channel to add additional habitat for aquatic species. Both the rock andwooden structures increase the habitat within the stream, which promotes a healthy aquaticcommunity. In addition, a riparian planting creates streamside habitat that formerly was notpresent while the dam existed.An improved aquatic and riparian habitat exists at the former dam location. The healthy streamreach not only benefits aquatic and terrestrial species, but increases the recreationalopportunities throughout for anglers and boaters alike. WHM was able to complete allnecessary measures for this project quickly in order to fulfill the clients needs to reconstruct thisportion of Spring Creek.© The WHM GroupSM Page 29 of 49
  30. 30. L.K. Metzger Dam Rehabilitation ProjectFerguson TownshipCentre County, PAA private landowner had a desire to repair andmake necessary upgrades to the 2.0 acre Class Cdam on his property. After receiving an inspectionreport from the DEP, the landowner contacted WHMto provide him with services to rehabilitate andupgrade the dam. The project will improve waterquality in Spruce Creek by bank grading reducingerosion and sedimentation. The project will alsoimprove safety and aesthetic value of the damproviding needed upgrades to ensure a properlyfunctioning and aesthetically pleasing dam for futuregenerations.The project addressed concerns in the DEP inspection report and other goals set forth by thelandowner. A summary of work includes: the repair of the primary spillway, backfill animalburrows or holes and patch with low permeability soil (LPS) to prevent seepage, grading andarmoring the banks surrounding the impoundment to prevent erosion, dredging, backfillingdownstream face of dam to eliminate backwater area, and the installation of a bridge spanningspillway to allow access to north side of landowners’ property..During the design and permitting process, the flowing work was performed:• Set up and attend a pre-application meeting with regulatory agencies to review project goals;• Prepare appropriate permit applications required by regulatory agencies;• Assist with field topographic survey;• Conduct bathometric survey;• GIS and CAD mapping;• Review of PNDI (Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Index) for threatened and endangered species and review of cultural resources; and• Develop plans for construction including, grading, spillway and bridge design, erosion and sediment control, cut and fill volumes.The completed permits are currently being reviewed by the PaDEP and pending approval. WHMhas maintained close contact with the client to suit his need. Construction of the rehabilitationproject will begin in the Spring of 2010.© The WHM GroupSM Page 30 of 49
  31. 31. B. Michael SchaulPresident, WHM Solutions, Inc.Vice President, WHM Consulting, Inc.B. Michael Schaul has extensive experience with American and European corporate activities.For more than 16 years, he served three Pennsylvania governors, promoting and developingdomestic and international business investment in the commonwealth.He served as Pennsylvania deputy secretary of commerce and coordinated interagencyeconomic development initiatives. Mr. Schaul managed and directed offices in Tokyo, London,Brussels and Frankfurt, and has traveled extensively in efforts to induce business investmentand promote the sale of goods and services.He also has been director of the Governor’s Response Team, special assistant to the secretaryand director of legislative affairs, and special assistant to the secretary of commerce.For the last 15 years, Mr. Schaul has been the president and managing director of EconomicStrategies Group, Ltd. (formerly The ESCEM Group, Ltd.). He provided confidential support tocompanies considering expansion, diversification, joint ventures, relocation of manufacturingand distribution operations, and market development or product distribution support in theUnited States and abroad.Through Economic Strategies Group and ESCEM, Mr. Schaul has done significant work for manylarge corporations and organizations, including LG&E, PPL, Marconi plc (London), Marconi BBRS(North America), Fore Systems, Knouse Foods, MAXIMIS Inc., Air Products and Chemicals,Deloitte (Amsterdam), Telcove Inc., J&L Structural, Franklin Steel and Glenshaw Glass Inc.He also established The Spruce Creek Group, Ltd., a company dedicated to industrial real estatedevelopment.Mr. Schaul serves on the board of directors of several not-for-profit or government-relatedorganizations, including the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, PennsylvaniaWetlands Protection Advisory Committee, Pennsylvania Learning Network, ShippensburgUniversity and the State System of Higher Education.He served on a team appointed by the governor to assist with separate recovery efforts for thecities of Chester, Johnstown and Pittsburgh.Mr. Schaul provides overall management direction and strategic leadership to The WHM Group,WHM Solutions and WHM Consulting .EducationPost-graduate (non-matriculating) courses: Emphasis in Public Policy Systems Building:Accounting; Organization Behavior, Policy Development Seminars in Management; CommunityRelations; Industrial and Economic Development Seminars; Business Development andPlanning; Education; Health Care Systems, and Effective Lobbying.© The WHM GroupSM Page 31 of 49
  32. 32. M.A., public administration, Shippensburg State University, May 1972. Emphasis in publicopinion, systems and procedures of management, inter-government relations, economics andfinance.B.S., political science, social science, finance, Shippensburg State University, February, 1971,emphasis in government and finance.Professional Experience1990 to Present President and managing director, The ESCEM Group, Ltd.1994 to Present President and managing director, Wetlands Habitat Management, Inc.Pennsylvania Department of Commerce1988 to 1989 Deputy secretary of commerce and director, Governor’s Response Team1987 to 1988 Director, Governor’s Response Team1983 to 1986 Special assistant to the secretary and director of legislative affairs1981 to 1983 Special assistant to the secretary of commerce1980 to 1981 Special assistant to the secretary of commerce for the Governor’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Development1974 to 1980 Assistant director of the Department of Commerce Appalachian BureauPennsylvania Research Institute1972-1973 Assistant director of marketing & researchSouthern Alleghenies Commission1971-1972 Regional program planner/project coordinatorShippensburg State University1971-1972 Graduate AssistantUnited States Army1965 to 1967 U.S. Army/Vietnam - honorable dischargeMemberships/Boards • Board of directors, Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority • Pennsylvania Wetlands Protection Advisory Committee • Industrial Development Congress (U.S. and European) • Pennsylvania Society • Governor’s Club, Friends of Governor Tom Ridge Committee • Board of Governors, State System of Higher Education • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges • Board of Trustees, Shippensburg University • Advocacy Committee, Heart Association • Make A Wish Foundation© The WHM GroupSM Page 32 of 49
  33. 33. John J. Blazosky, P.E.WHM Consulting, Inc., PresidentWHM Solutions, Inc., Vice PresidentJohn J. Blazosky, P.E. has more than 37 years of experience in environmental engineeringprojects in every major area of practice. As an engineer, he has worked for the regulatorycommunity in a permitting capacity, and as a consultant performing major project assignmentsfor corporations of all sizes, municipalities and government entities, attorneys, and otherorganizations.As founder of Blazosky Associates, Inc., Mr. Blazosky established a successful and highlyreputable consulting firm serving the waste management and environmental consulting needsof a growing list of clients. He expanded this consulting practice to three offices to provideenvironmental consulting services throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding states.Although the business was sold in 2008, Mr. Blazosky remains as an active consultant to thefirm.In addition, he is founder of Wetlands Habitat Management, Inc., a company dedicated toseeking responsible solutions to wetland issues. The WHM Group SM – along with its whollyowned subsidiaries, WHM Consulting and WHM Solutions – emerged from the successfulbusiness experiences of Wetlands Habitat Management, Inc. As president of WHM Consulting,Inc. and vice president of WHM Solutions, Inc., he provides third-party professional support toclients dealing with complex wetland, stream and other highly regulated environmental issues.EducationB.S., Civil Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University (PSU), University Park, PA, 1973.Graduate Courses and Research, Sanitary Engineering. PSU, University Park, PA, 1976 - 1977.Training Certificate, 40-Hour OSHA Hazardous Materials Health and Safety Training, 1986.Training Certificate, 8-Hour OSHA Hazardous Materials Health and Safety Refresher Training.Training Certificate, 8-Hour Overview of Wetland Delineation Protocols and the Interim NC/NE Regional Supplement to the USACE Delineation Manual, 2011.RegistrationsRegistered Professional Engineer: Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, WestVirginia, and New York.Registered Professional Surveyor: Pennsylvania.Advisory BoardsIndustrial & Professional Advisory Council (IPAC)The Pennsylvania State University College of EngineeringPA Coal Ash Reclamation Group (PCARG)Professional AffiliationsChi Epsilon, Civil Engineering Honor SocietyAmerican Academy of Environmental Engineers with specialty in Solid Waste Management(DEE)© The WHM GroupSM Page 33 of 49
  34. 34. Project ExperienceEngineering Design and Permitting• Planning, design, permitting, and implementation of numerous municipal and industrial waste landfills.• Provide coal ash disposal and acid mine drainage solutions.• Develop solutions for landfill methane gas including pipeline gas quality.• Design, permitting, and implementation of numerous closure plans for waste disposal facilities, impoundments, and waste storage facilities.• Design, permitting and implementation of landfill gas management systems.• Solving landfill leachate treatment problems, and design, permitting of sewage and industrial wastewater treatment facilities.• Implementation of unique leachate recirculation (bioreactor) techniques.• Performing remediation design, permitting, and construction certification for hazardous waste remediation sites.• Preparing air, water, and waste monitoring plans.• Serving as expert witness for a variety of environmental engineering matters.• Permitting land application and reclamation utilizing municipal and residual sludges.• Implementing best available, cost-effective construction and remediation techniques.• Specification writing and complete construction management for large environmental projects.• Managing Act 2 Brownfields projects and remediation.• Design and permitting of waste transfer stations.• Certifying Construction Quality Assurance for landfill projects.• Participating in public hearings and meetings.Industrial Compliance• Providing innovative strategies to beneficially utilize residual waste.• Preparing industrial compliance and operation audits (P2/E2).• Preparing SPCC, PPC and various other industrial compliance plans.• Developing waste minimization planning and implementation strategies.• Providing expert testimony for local, state and federal litigation.• Managing complex site remediation projects.• Negotiating legal consent orders and agreements for environmental compliance.Wetland and Stream Restoration Projects• Oversight of wetland mitigation permitting.• Constructing advanced compensation wetlands for PaDOT highway projects.• Managing wetland-monitoring programs.• Utilizing wetlands as treatment system.• Evaluating sites for suitability of wetland construction.• Technical advisor for dam removal projects.• Use of wetlands for mine drainage treatment.• Planning stream restoration projects.• Evaluating sites for suitability of wetland construction.© The WHM GroupSM Page 34 of 49
  35. 35. Conferences and Seminars Brownfields 2011 “Sustainable Communities Start Here” Sponsored by United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Julie Butler, Brownfield 2011 Conference Manager • “Seeing in 3-D: Put on These Glasses for Faster Cleanups”, Moderator Stephen Dyment, EPA, Speaker James Mack, NJ Institute of Technology, Credit Hours - 1 • “Community Impact of Coal Slurry Injection and a Successful Redevelopment Project”, Moderators Bill Price, Sierra Club and Rick Chapla, The Right Place, Inc., Credit Hours-1 • “Energizing Local Governments: The Solar America Communities Partnership”, Speakers Andrea Luecke, The Solar Foundation, Joseph MacDonald, American Planning Association, Kristin Heery, National Association of Regional Councils, Lura Matthews, OSWER - Lura Matthews leads EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land, Credit Hours - 1 GSE Technical Seminars, “Geosynthetics for Success – Containment Systems for Frac Waters”, Dr. Robert Koerner, from the Geosynthetic Institute, Presented “Design of Liquid Containment (Ponds & Reservoirs) Liner Systems”, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Harrisburg, PA – September 29th, 2010 PWIA/SWANA/DEP/PA HMI Technical Meeting, “Building Solid Partnerships – Twelfth Annual Fall Conference”, Harrisburg Hilton Hotel Harrisburg, PA, September 8th and 9th, 2010. Pennsylvania Environmental Council, “Marcellus Shale & Sustainability”, Duquesne University Union Ballroom, Pittsburgh, PA, May 3, 2010 SWANA, NJ Chapter Spring Conference “Getting Green While Going Green”, Hilton Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey – April 12th& 13th, 2010 Industrial and Professional Advisory Committee, The Pennsylvania State University 2009-2011 Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference 2009 – Morgantown, WV Presented by the Steering Committee, Canaan Valley Institute – 16 Hours of Instruction, November 3rd -5th, 2009 Technical Seminar, “Brownfields 2009–Sustainable Communities Start Here”– Presented by Environmental Protection Agency-Morial Convention Center, New Orleans November 16th - 18th , 2009 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania - Solar Energy Conference, 9 Hours of Instruction – May 7th, 2009 SWANA, NJ Chapter Spring Conference “The Cost of Being Green”, Hilton Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey – April 20th& 21st, 2009 Technical Seminar, “Saving the Planet One Landfill at a Time – 12th Annual LMOP Conference and Project Expo”, Hilton Baltimore Hotel Baltimore, MD, January 12-14, 2009. PWIA/SWANA/DEP/PA HMI Technical Meeting, “Building Solid Partnerships – Eleventh Annual Fall Conference- Waste Industry Priorities 2008”, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA, September 3 and 4, 2008. Technical Seminar, “Saving the Planet One Landfill at a Time – 11th Annual LMOP Conference and Project Expo”, Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, January 9 and 10, 2008.© The WHM GroupSM Page 35 of 49
  36. 36. D. Josh LincolnCOO, Chief Operating OfficerMr. Lincoln has over 11 years of experience providing professional environmentaland natural resource consulting services to private, industrial and institutionallandowners; nonprofit organizations, and all levels of government. He hasimplemented eclectic blends of regulatory strategies and restoration practices tosupport land development, energy, transportation, mining, solid waste, andcommunity infrastructure. Technical proficiencies include resource assessment,impact analysis, permitting and compliance, ground and surface water quality,ecosystem restoration design, environmental monitoring, watershed assessments,stream monitoring, stream design, wetland delineation, and constructionmanagement. Mr. Lincoln’s diverse background in this field allows him to provideturnkey services for water resources projects.As Chief Operating Officer at WHM Consulting, Inc., Mr. Lincoln coordinates andmanages scientists, engineers, and environmental experts to overseeenvironmental projects from planning through construction.EducationB.S. Environmental Resource Management, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1998.Professional TrainingTraining, “Applied Fluvial Geomorphology”, Canaan Valley Institute, WV, 2000.Training, “River Morphology and Applications” Wildland Hydrology, Pagosa Springs, CO, 2000.Training Certificate, “Macroinvertebrate monitoring for North Carolina stream restoration” Raleigh, NC, 2001.Training, “River Assessment and Monitoring”, Wildland Hydrology, Pagosa Springs, CO, 2001Training, “River Restoration and Natural Channel Design”, Wildland Hydrology, Pagosa Springs, CO, 2002Training, “AutoCAD use for Stream Restoration and Monitoring”, The North Carolina State University, University Park, PA, 2005Project ExperienceWetlands Projects • Managed wetland investigation teams for large site development projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic. • Permitting of development projects involving regulated water resources, e.g., landfill expansions, interstate road alignments, wind farms, and residential developments. • Selection and design of wetland replacement sites. • Manager of wetland replacement construction projects • Operator of heavy equipment for the construction of wetland replacement projects.© The WHM GroupSM Page 36 of 49
  37. 37. Stream Restoration • Monitored stream bank erosion rates and calculated sediment loading curves for several watersheds in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New York and North Carolina. • Developed regression relations for bankfull stream characteristics based on drainage area used for natural channel design. • Selected and surveyed reference reach streams to develop natural channel design criteria based on bankfull stage channel dimensions. • Designer of several miles of stream restoration projects using natural channel design methods in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York, Maryland, and West Virginia. • Manager of several miles of stream restoration projects. • Operator of heavy equipment to construct cross rock vanes and j-hooks vanes structures for stream restoration project.Watershed Management • Manager of several watershed assessments conducted throughout Pennsylvania. The projects included developing GIS data bases that inventoried assessment results. • Developed watershed management plans for nonprofit watershed groups. • Prepared grants for nonprofit watershed groups.© The WHM GroupSM Page 37 of 49
  38. 38. Casey D. ClapsaddleHydrologist/Fluvial GeomorphologistMr. Capsaddle has over eighteen years of experience in hydrology, hydraulic studies, geologichazards, and geomorphology related to restoration and resource management in rivers,streams, and wetlands. This experience includes the development, management and completionof comprehensive technical and planning studies for a full range of private and public sectorclients. Mr. Clapsaddle specializes in the development of technically and environmentally soundmanagement and restoration plans for rivers and watersheds. These studies often involve thecoordination of many disciplines by including biological sciences, hydraulic engineering, land useplanning, economics, landscape architecture and environmental planning.In the present era of conflict between environmental regulation and societys need for floodcontrol and utilization of water resources, Mr. Clapsaddle has become an expert in conflictresolution between governmental agencies, and public and private interests. Mr. Clapsaddle hasfirst hand knowledge of management techniques used by public water resource agencies in theMid Atlantic Region to help resolve problems faced by flood control engineers and resourceagencies.EducationColorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, Master’s Degree Candidate in Watershed Science, Emphasis: Fluvial Geomorphology, GPA: 3.5Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, May 1997 Bachelor of Science, Major: Watershed Science, GPA: 3.5Colorado College, Colorado Spring, CO, May 1991 Bachelor of Arts, Major: Religion, Thematic Minor: India StudiesFergusson College, Pune, India, 1988 India Studies, Emphasis: Philosophy, Religion, Language, and CultureSteamboat Springs High School, Steamboat Springs, CO, June 1986Professional TrainingTraining, “Natural Rivers: Mechanics, Morphology, and Management, Wildland Hydrology Consultants”, Richard Hey, 3/03Training, “Process Based Channel Design, Inter-Fluve Inc.”, 10/99Training, “River Restoration Design, Wildland Hydrology Consultants”, Dave Rosgen, 10/98Training, “Proper Functioning Condition, Bureau of Land Management”, Brenda Mitchell, 8/97Training, “Applied Fluvial Geomorphology, Wildland Hydrology Consultants”, Dave Rosgen, 8/96Training, “Hydrologic Engineering Center 1 (HEC-1)”, University of Wyoming, Tony Anderson/Dan Eastwood, 8/96Training, “Hydrologic Engineering Center 2 (HEC-2)”, University of Wyoming, Victor R. Hasfurther, 8/96Training, “River Assessment and Monitoring, Wildland Hydrology Consultants”, Dave Rosgen, 9/96Training, “River Channels”, Central Wyoming College, Bill Trush, 8/93Training, “Stream Health Assessment (T-Walk)”, USFS, Coryel Ohlander, 5/93© The WHM GroupSM Page 38 of 49
  39. 39. Training, “Enforcement Law II, USFS”, Tom Healy/Craig Endicott, 6/92Training, “Basic Supervision, USFS”, Rosalind Newton, 5/92Professional AffiliationsActive member of the Pennsylvania Keystone Stream TeamDOI Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, Pennsylvania Field Office, State College, PA,1998 to March 2002Project ExperienceHydrologist/Fluvial Geomorphologist • Watershed data collection for assessment of stream and watershed conditions to develop restoration plans. • Design and permitting of streambank stabilization projects. • Responsible for federal, state, and local permit applications for all projects • Monitoring of all stream restoration projects • Grant writing to fund projects for local and non-profit organizations • Submission of 6 successful Pennsylvania Growing Greener Grant Applications • Hydrologist/Fluvial Geomorphologist • Watershed data collection for assessment of stream and watershed conditions to develop restoration plans (site survey, pebble counts, velocity profiles, bar samples, pavement samples, sub-pavement samples, identification of bankfull geomorphic features) • Development of regional curves, and collection of reference reach data for stream restoration projects • Stream restoration designs • Construction permit applications and project coordination for stream restoration projects • Responsible for federal, state, and local permit applications • Construction supervision and coordination • Budget monitoring for Stream restoration projects • Hydrolologic and geomorphic technical support provided to all Fish and Wildlife Service staff members • Monitoring of all stream restoration projects • Providing education and technical assistance to federal, state, county, and local governments for stream restoration and watershed restoration plans • Writing grant proposals for stream restoration projects in Pennsylvania • Supervision of college internHydrological Technician • Conducted watershed measurements • Compiled and analyzed watershed data • Assessment of stream geomorphic and habitat condition • Development of burn rehabilitation monitoring plan • Developed watershed monitoring plans • Supervision of burn restoration contract • Supervision of bank stabilization at Buffalo Creek • Provided technical data to District Ranger and Forest Hydrologist • Utilization of computer systems, software applications, and hydrologic models • Compiled, reorganized, and verified water rights data • Designed GPS watershed database and collected GPS data© The WHM GroupSM Page 39 of 49
  40. 40. Publication and Presentations • Stream Restoration Design and Construction short course instructor for the Canaan Valley Institute in Thomas, WV • Sediment Transport and Bank Erosion Monitoring short course instructor for the Canaan Valley Institute in Thomas, WV© The WHM GroupSM Page 40 of 49
  41. 41. Kevin ClarkEnvironmental SpecialistMr. Clark graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in EnvironmentalStudies. Since graduation, he has been associated with numerous projects at many differentlevels and has gained a vast knowledge of all aspects of environmental permitting. He hasbeen professionally trained to conduct wetland delineations and has completed and assistednumerous delineations throughout the northeast. He has been involved with the design andpermitting of constructed wetlands, stream restoration projects and the treatment ofabandoned mine drainage. Mr. Clark also has also been successful in acquiring state and federalgrants for non-profit organizations to secure funding for beneficial projects.EducationB.A. Environmental Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, PA, 2006.Professional Training“Overview of Wetland Delineation Protocols and the Interim NC/NE Regional Supplement to theUSACE Delineation Manual”, State College, PA – M.N. Gilbert Environmental April 03, 2011PaDEP—Technical Review of the revised Chapter 102 Regulations, Penn Tech Campus,Williamsport, PA - December 14th, 2010“Interim Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual”:Pennsylvania Association of Professional Soil Scientists, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, LoyalsockState Forest Resource Mgt Center, Laporte, PA - April 8, 2010Department of Environmental Protection “Regulatory Requirements Seminar for MarcellusShale”; Rachel Carson State Office Building, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 400 Market Street,Harrisburg, PA - March 31, 2010Wetland Delineator Training, Institute for Wetland and Environmental Education and Research,Inc., Tiner and Veneman, Albany, New York - July 2008.Plant ID: Wetlands and Their Borders, Institute for Wetland and Environmental Education andResearch, Inc., Weldy, Albany, New York - July 2008.DEP Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual Training Session, State College,Pennsylvania - May 2007.Professional ExperienceEnvironmental Permitting • Completed local, state, and federal environmental permitting for various types of development and water quality improvement projects, which included detail studies/reports and thorough coordination with regulatory agencies; • Completed and assisted with NPDES permit applications, Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plans, and Post-Construction Stormwater Management Plans; • Produced detailed ArcGIS and AutoCAD maps of various projects.© The WHM GroupSM Page 41 of 49
  42. 42. Water Resource Projects • Completed and assisted with wetland and stream mitigation plans, including designs, in accordance with USACE’s Compensatory Losses of Aquatic Resources guidance document; • Construction oversight and monitoring of wetland construction project; • Completed small scale wetland delineations and assisted with large scale delineations throughout the northeast in accordance with 1997 USACE Wetland Delineation Manual and subsequent guidance documents. • Completed numerous watershed assessments to determine point and non-point source pollution with a main focus on Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) and Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) impacted streams; • Assisted with treatment system design and restoration plans for watersheds impacted by AMD; • Conducted water quality analysis’s including: macroinvertebrate sampling and identification and habitat assessment. • Obtained numerous Growing Greener and Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant awards for several non-profit organizations for AMD related issues.© The WHM GroupSM Page 42 of 49
  43. 43. Ryan NelsonEnvironmental SpecialistMr. Nelson is a graduate from The Pennsylvania State University, where he gained a Bachelorsdegree in Environmental Resource Management with minors in Watershed/Water Resources andEnvironmental Soil Science. He has experience dealing with abandoned mine drainage, wetlandand stream projects, mapping, and biological surveys. He has continuously gained skillsthrough his academic and work experience in various environmental projects dealing with waterquality, land development and use.EducationEnvironmental Resource Management, Bachelors of Science with Minors in Watersheds/WaterResources and Environmental Soil Science. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park,Pennsylvania, 2008.Professional Training“Overview of Wetland Delineation Protocols and the Interim NC/NE Regional Supplement to theUSACE Delineation Manual”, State College, PA – M.N. Gilbert Environmental April 03, 2011PaDEP—Technical Review of the revised Chapter 102 Regulations, Rachel Carson Building,Harrisburg, PA, February 12th, 2011.Natural Channel Design Review Methodology: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National ConservationTraining Center, Shepherdstown, WV October 12-15, 2010“Interim Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual”:Pennsylvania Association of Professional Soil Scientists, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, LoyalsockState Forest Resource Mgt Center, Laporte, PA April 8, 2010Stream Restoration: Elements of Design Workshop IIUniversity Park, PA. August 12-14 2008Seminar for Hardwood Forest Reforestation on Abandoned Mine Sites.Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, June 2007ConferencesThe 4th Annual Northwest Pennsylvania GIS Conference October 15-16, 2009 at ClarionUniversity of PennsylvaniaProfessional ExperienceWetland and Stream Restoration Projects • Performed wetland delineations on small and large scale projects; • Performed wetland monitoring and maintenance on mitigation wetland sites; • Environmental Permitting for the PA DEP and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers including, but not limited to NPDES, E&S Plans, Joint Permits, and General Permits; • Conducted watershed assessments for multiple streams impaired by AMD and sedimentation; • Collected water samples and analyzed the water quality in determining high priority restoration sites impacted by AMD; • Worked with local watershed groups in watershed assessments and assisted volunteers© The WHM GroupSM Page 43 of 49

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