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  • 1. UltraSystems environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsD –Statement of Qualifications
  • 2. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of Qualifications www.ultrasystems.com Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy UltraSystems is a certified as a WBE firm
  • 3. UltraSystems Environmental | :LQG HYHORSPHQW _ Statement of QualificationsTABLE OF CONTENTSAbout the Firm ............................................................................................................................... 3Areas of Expertise .......................................................................................................................... 4 • Environmental Due Diligence ............................................................................................................ 5 • Site Selection and Analysis • CEQA and NEPA Compliance ............................................................................................................ 6 • CEQA and NEPA Documentation • Mitigation Monitoring Plans • Public Process/Community Outreach • Plan of Development • Application for Certification • Construction Environmental Management ......................................................................................... 8 • Permit Compliance • Construction Monitoring & Reporting • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans • Technical Studies ............................................................................................................................ 10 • Aesthetics/Visual Studies • Air Quality/Greenhouse Gas • Biological Resources • Wetland Delineation and Permitting • Habitat Mitigation and Monitoring Plans • Cultural Resources • Environmental Site Assessment • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) • Land Use • Noise & Vibration • Socioeconomics/Environmental JusticeClient Testimonials ...................................................................................................................... 14Representative Experience............................................................................................................ 16Key Personnel ............................................................................................................................. 21 Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [2]
  • 4. About UltraSystems The success of any project is dependent upon quality work products, maintaining schedules, and meeting budget requirements. Our goal is to reach consensus between our clients, regulatory agencies and the public.Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy
  • 5. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of Qualifications About the Firm UltraSystems is a leader in compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations governing project planning and development. As a full-service planning and environmental consulting firm, UltraSystems has been serving both public and private sector clients throughout California since the founding of the firm in 1994. Our integrated permitting expertise enables us to help our wind energy clients successfully meet their business objectives. UltraSystems utilizes its broad range of experience with wind and solar development, energy conveyance, transportation, water, retail, recreational, residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, solid waste, and other infrastructure-related projects to prepare legally-defensible environmental documents and technical studies in compliance with CEQA and NEPA guidelines. The preparation and review of CEQA and NEPA documents is our core service at UltraSystems. This expertise involves coordination with local, state, federal, and other governmental agencies; management of public participation programs; issuance of required legal notices; and incorporation of the document into the overall planning process. UltraSystems works closely with the staff of lead agencies to perform all required public and agency notifications for CEQA and NEPA environmental compliance, per government code requirements. “It was a pleasure working with UltraSystems Our areas of expertise also include: Environmental Due Diligence review, on the Arlington Heights Sports Park environmental process. Your professionalism, including site selection and analysis; Construction Environmental responsiveness and technical proficiency was Management; and Technical Studies to fulfill environmental regulations. a great asset in helping the City of Riversidecomplete the initial study, MND, and other CEQA Our reputation as a problem-solver comes from our commitment todocumentation. We look forward to working with pragmaticism, technical excellence, and meticulous communication in service you in the future.” to our clients. UltraSystems is committed to successful project management, time management, and project delivery. - Randy McDaniel, Project Manager, City of Riverside, Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department. UltraSystems is a certified WBE firm. Our professional staff of 35 full-time employees and 75 independent consultants are dedicated to maintaining a small business environmental, with big business capabilities. We are committed to providing quality services that meet the needs of our clients. Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [3]
  • 6. Areas of Expertise The success of any project is dependent upon quality work products, maintaining schedules, and meeting budget requirements. Our goal is to reach consensus between our clients, regulatory agencies and the public.Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy
  • 7. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsAreas of ExpertiseWe have a long and successful history of providing sustainable solutions to meet our client’sdevelopment needs. With the singular objective of effectively leading our clients through theenvironmental entitlement process, UltraSystems offers a full range of environmental planning andmanagement services that include the following areas of expertise:EnvironmEntal DuE DiligEncESite Selection and AnalysiscEQa anD nEPa comPliancECEQA and NEPA DocumentationMitigation Monitoring PlansPublic Process/Community OutreachPlan of DevelopmentApplication for Certificationconstruction EnvironmEntal managEmEntPermit ComplianceConstruction Monitoring & ReportingStormwater Pollution Prevention PlanstEchnical stuDiEsAesthetics/Visual StudiesAir Quality/Health Risk/Greenhouse GasBiological ResourcesWetland Delineation and PermittingHabitat Mitigation and Monitoring PlansCultural ResourcesEnvironmental Site AssessmentGeographic Information Systems (GIS)Land UseNoise and VibrationSocioeconomics/Environmental Justice Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [4]
  • 8. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsAreas of Expertise | Environmental Due Diligencesite selection and analysisUltraSystems helps its wind development clients determine the environmental regulatory risksinherent in developing a specific site location under consideration. During the site selectionprocess, UltraSystems employs its talented pool of urban and environmental planners, scientists,archeologists, biologists, GIS specialists and other technical staff to perform a site reconnaissanceof baseline environmental resources; assess environmental regulatoryrisk associated with developing the site or portions of the site;and outline regulatory permit and timeline requirements. Ourscientists and planners routinely identify and map constraintsover large areas encompassing several counties, or severalstates. We then prepare a report that characterizespotential resources onsite, highlights any areas of concern,and specifies anticipated regulatory requirements andassociated timelines. The Environmental Due Diligencereport includes recommendations, as needed, forfurther resource studies and agency consultationto help identify and reduce environmental issues andto comply with federal, state, and local permittingrequirements. The Environmental Due Diligence reportprovides our wind development clients with a toolto facilitate risk management in their site selectionprocess. Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [5]
  • 9. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsAreas of Expertise | CEQA and NEPA CompliancecEQa and nEPa DocumentationUltraSystems is thoroughly experienced with implementingCalifornia Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and NationalEnvironmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and is arecognized leader in the preparation of legally-defensibleCEQA and NEPA documentation. We routinely prepareEnvironmental Impact Reports (EIRs), Mitigated NegativeDeclarations (MNDs), Initial Studies and other CEQAdocuments as well as Environmental Impact Studies(EISs), Environmental Assessment (EAs), andFindings of No Significant Impact (FONSIs) for NEPAcompliance.Our diverse clients include the Bureau of LandManagement, California Public Utilities Commission,US Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fishand Game, Counties, Cities, Special Districts, and power producers (i.e., Southern California Edison,Florida Power and Light, Pacific Gas and Electric, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, etc).UltraSystems offers integrated CEQA and NEPA analysis and preparation services that include projectscoping, analysis, public review, findings, and project approval, such as:• Scoping Meetings, Outreach Meetings and Public Hearings• Preparation of Project Description, Initial Study, and Notice of Preparation• Definition and analysis of Project Alternatives• Preparation and distribution of Draft and Final documents (i.e., EIRs, EISs, MNDs, EA’s)• Response to Public Comments• Preparation of a Mitigation Monitoring Programs• Preparation of Findings of Fact/Statement of Overriding Considerations (if warranted)UltraSystem’s technical staff are skilled in the preparation of EIR/EIS documentation. We utilize aproject team approach, employing Resource Specialists with a depth of expertise in the followingresource areas:• Air Quality • Noise• Greenhouse Gas Emissions • Mineral Resources• Aesthetics/Visual Resources • Population & Housing• Agricultural/ Soil Resources • Public Services• Biological Resources • Socioeconomic/Fiscal Impact• Cultural /Paleontological Resources • Transportation & Traffic• Environmental Justice • Utilities, Energy & Service System• Geology • Growth Inducing Impacts & Cumulative• Hazards & Hazardous Materials Impacts• Hydrology and Water Quality • Monitoring Plans & Reporting• Health and Safety • EMI/EMF• Land Use/Recreation Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [6]
  • 10. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsAreas of Expertise | CEQA and NEPA Compliancemitigation monitoring PlansUltraSystems utilizes its expertise in mitigation and monitoring planning,design, and construction to track CEQA and NEPA mitigation measures asrequired by state and federal guidelines. Our services include mitigationmonitoring plans, coordination with agencies to determine specificresponsibilities for various program elements, pre-construction surveys forsensitive species, onsite monitoring to assure compliance, and post-construction documentation ofcompliance with the plan. We also review proposed and existing plans to measure their effectivenessagainst their original intent. Our mitigation monitoring plans are designed with the objective ofmeeting agency approval.Public Process/community outreachPublic input is required by NEPA and CEQA regulation. Our consultationand communication experts are experienced in working with numerousstakeholders to bring large, complex projects to successful completion.Specific expertise includes:• Preparation, implementation and management of the public process, including community relations strategies and community involvement• Creating community presentation materials and communication tools• Developing and maintaining mailing lists for notices• Facilitation and public workshop management• Conducting or moderating meetings and discussions• Assuring appropriate supply of hand-outs and collateral materials• Providing translated written materials into appropriate languages• Recording comments and summarizing workshops and meetings• Property owner consultation• Key stakeholder and media liaison• Public relations managementPlan of DevelopmentUltraSystems prepares Plans of Development (PODs) to help its clientsmeet Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requirements. Preparation andsubmittal of a POD to the BLM is a prerequisite for initiation of the NEPAdocumentation and approval process for wind development projects thatencroach on BLM land. The POD includes a detailed project description,such as purpose and need, facility descriptions, design and operation,permit requirements, schedules, and financial and technical capabilities ofthe applicant; detailed description of facility construction, related facilities and systems, operationsand maintenance of the system; environmental considerations, maps and drawings. UltraSystemsworks in close coordination with the client’s engineering staff to prepare and submit the POD for BLMapproval. Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [7]
  • 11. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsAreas of Expertise | CEQA and NEPA Complianceapplication for certificationUltraSystems prepares Application for Certification (AFC) documents inaccordance with the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Power Plant SiteCertification Regulations to construct and operate a thermal power plantgreater than 50 megawatts (MW) in California. In this case, the CEC is thelead agency under CEQA and works closely with other agencies. Affectedagencies outside the CEC are asked to review, and if appropriate, commenton the applicant’s proposal. The AFC provides a detailed description ofthe project; an assessment of the project’s anticipated impacts on theenvironment; proposed measures to mitigate those impacts to ensurethat environmental issues are properly and responsibly addressed; and a discussion of compliancewith applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS). If the project will also encroachon federal land managed by the BLM, then it is expected that CEC and BLM will coordinate theirenvironmental review and issue a joint environmental document to comply with CEQA and NEPA lawand guidelines, with separate decisions. UltraSystems leads its clients through the CEC siting processto achieve approval to construct a power facility.Construction Environmental ManagementPermit complianceUltraSystems develops permit compliance management programs tailored to the size andcomplexity of the project, to ensure that our clients are in compliance with federal, state, and localenvironmental regulations before, during, and after construction activities. We strategically assessrequired permits, establish effective working relationships with agency representatives, meetscheduled application deadlines, and expedite application reviews. We routinely assist our clients inobtaining and adhering to pre-construction, construction, and post-construction requirements for thefollowing environmental permits and approvals:• CEQA and NEPA Mitigation Monitoring Plans• Section 7 Threatened and Endangered Species• Section 10 Water Crossings• Section 404 and 401 Wetlands/Waters of the U.S.• California Fish and Game Code Section 1602 Streambed Alteration Permit• Section 101 National Historic Preservation Act – Native American Consultation• Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act – Cultural Resources• Title V Operating Permit – Air Quality• Air Pollution Control District Authority to Construct Permit• National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)• Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)• Spill Prevention, Containment, and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC)• California Coastal Development Permit• Application for Certification (California Energy Commission)• BLM and USFS Special Use Permits Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [8]
  • 12. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsAreas of Expertise | Construction Environmental Managementconstruction monitoring & reportingWe work with our clients to ensure construction compliance with federal,state, and local regulations, including but not limited to, air quality,biological resources (i.e., sensitive habitats and species), culturalresources, encroachment permits, grading permits, noise ordinances,stormwater BMPs, and wetlands (see representative permit list above).UltraSystems provides construction staff training to comply withregulations, ensure sensitive resources are protected during constructionactivities, and prepares required monitoring reports for submittal toagencies, on schedule. We maintain effective communication with the agency representatives andour client, meet scheduled monitoring deadlines, and obtain agency approval.stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (sWPPP)UltraSystems develops general construction Stormwater PollutionPrevention Plans (SWPPPs) to assist clients in complying with Section 402of the Federal Clean Water Act NPDES regulations. Every construction sitethat disturbs one acre or more, or is less than one acre but part of a largercommon plan that would disturb one acre or more, must comply with theState of California’s General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associatedwith Construction Activities. The SWPPP must outline the Best ManagementPractices (BMPs) planned for use on the site to prevent pollutants from leaving the project site. Thesubmission of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is required prior to the issuance ofan Improvement Plan, Grading Permit or Encroachment Permit. Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [9]
  • 13. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsAreas of Expertise | Technical Studiesaesthetics/visual studiesUltraSystems conducts visual analyses to provide a basis forassessing potential project impacts in terms of NEPA and CEQAsignificance criteria. The assessment includes an inventoryof potentially sensitive viewing areas, including scenic vistas,major view corridors, historic buildings, and monuments;(2) visual simulations to provide a simulation of the view’sappearance once the project is in place; (3) identification ofthe project’s potential aesthetic impacts by comparison ofexisting views with simulations and in association with landuse regulations; and (4) evaluation of mitigation measures orrevised design features, if significant impacts are identified.UltraSystems aesthetic/visual studies meets resource agency guidelines and NEPA and CEQAregulations.air Quality/greenhouse gasUltraSystems provides a wide range of air quality regulatory and compliance services. Ourstaff experience encompasses a variety of source types, ranging from minor source permittingand compliance issues to major source permitting and refined impact analysis. Our air qualityassessments analyze the potential for air quality impacts resulting from the planned developmentand propose mitigation measures to offset potentially significant impacts, as necessary.Assessments include:• Potential short-term construction emissions as well as long-term operational related emissions based on proposed land use and the project traffic study.• Regional air quality and land use assumptions and evaluation of potential for carbon monoxide (CO) “hotspots” to nearby existing and future sensitive receptors.UltraSystems’s air quality services also include analysis of greenhouses gases (GHG) per AssemblyBill (AB) 32 (Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006), including:• Preparing baseline and ongoing inventories of direct and indirect GHG emissions• Preparing submittals to the California Climate Action Registry• Complying with Air Resources Board mandatory reporting requirements (for stationary combustion sources emitting over 25,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, or co-generation/electric power facilities with a total generating capacity of at least 1 MW that emit 2,500 metric tons of CO2 or more per year)• Developing customized software so that you can update your inventory every year• Formulating strategies for decreasing your carbon footprint• Keeping you up-to-date on changing GHG regulations and programs Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [10]
  • 14. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsAreas of Expertise | Technical StudiesBiological resourcesUltraSystems biological resource staff provide expertise in vegetation andhabitat mapping, habitat evaluation, wildlife and plant surveys. Our staffis experienced at general habitat surveys and special species surveys,including federal and state-listed threatened and endangered species, andthose directed by regional multispecies habitat conservation plans (i.e.,Western Mojave Habitat Conservation Plan, Coachella Valley Multispecies Habitat Conservation Plan[MSHCP], Western Riverside County MSHCP). UltraSystems biological staffs have performed habitatand species surveys, construction monitoring, and permitting throughout California and have dealtwith the requirements of a wide range of federal, state, and local permitting authorities.Wetland Delineation and PermittingUltraSystems provides expertise in delineating wetlands in compliancewith Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act, regulated by the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and Section 1602 of the CaliforniaFish and Game Code, regulated by the California Department of Fish andGame (CDFG). The USACE jurisdiction is determined in the field using thepresence of an ordinary high water mark (OHWM) and the methodology inthe USACE 1987 wetland delineation manual. This methodology requiresthat a jurisdictional wetland contain hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils, and appropriate hydrology.CDFG jurisdiction is determined by the presence of hydrophytic vegetation, the location of a definablebed and bank, and the presence of associated wildlife or fish resources. UltraSystems employssophisticated mapping techniques to assess the boundaries of these jurisdictions and to calculateimpacts associated with project development. From there, we prepare a jurisdictional delineationreport describing baseline conditions and analysis of potential project impacts to each jurisdictionalfeature, including methods, results, and graphics depicting the approximatesize and location of any jurisdictional areas. The report is consistent withthe requirements of USACE and CDFG and is the necessary documentationfor developing and processing Section 401 and 404 of the Federal CleanWater Act permits and obtaining a Section 1602 Streambed AlterationAgreement. Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [11]
  • 15. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsAreas of Expertise | Technical Studieshabitat mitigation and monitoring PlansUltraSystems prepares Habitat Mitigation and MonitoringProposals (HMMPs) for projects requiring habitat restorationto mitigate for impacts to biological resources and wetlandsas required to comply with resource agency authorizations(i.e., USACE, RWQCB, CDFG, USFW, etc). The HMMP involves adetailed description of baseline biological resources and theenvironmental setting, existing functions and values of theaffected areas, mitigation goals and strategies, implementationplan, performance criteria, maintenance and monitoringspecifications and contingency plans. The HMMP also describessite preparation activities, such as amending and redistributing topsoil, seeding and planting,and provides recommendations for temporary irrigation systems and fencing, including detailedconstruction drawings and specifications. Installation methods, maintenance procedures, andperformance monitoring and reporting requirements are defined in the report, with the objective ofachieving the overall goals and performance standards of the habitat restoration activity.cultural resourcesUltraSystems cultural resource capabilities include archaeological and historic site identification andevaluation, mitigation design and implementation, construction monitoring and compliance, and allaspects of regulatory compliance support. We assist our clients in regulatory compliance with theNational Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic PreservationAct (NHPA), the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), the Native American GravesProtection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and otherstate-level environmental assessment laws and regulations. We also have extensive experience withNative American consultation.Environmental site assessmentUltraSystems provides Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) services related to the identification ofhazardous materials, including Phase I Environmental Due-Diligence, Phase II Site CharacterizationStudies and Phase III Remediation Plans. Some of these assessments are included as part of theCEQA and NEPA process and many are performed for on-going businesses or property ownershiptransfers. Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [12]
  • 16. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsAreas of Expertise | Technical Studiesgeographic information systems (gis)UltraSystems utilizes spatial analysis and mapping techniques to recordsignificant features of the project study area, such as biological resources,land use coverage, topography, hydrology, geology, and artifact densities.Our GIS capabilities enable us to locate, record, and present significantamounts of project data and perform sophisticated modeling and spatialanalysis to guide decision-making in site development.land useUltraSystems’ land use planners routinely assess land use characteristics of the project site andvicinity, local comprehensive land use designations and zoning, plans and policies, and the project’sconformance with applicable plans and policies for compliance with resource agency requirementsand NEPA and CEQA guidelines. We provide an assessment of proposed land use changes, land usecompatibility issues, short-term construction impacts, and cumulative impacts associated with long-term land use trends in the project area.noise and vibrationDuring the planning, construction and operations phases, our noise experts quantify and evaluatethe noise and vibration generated by facilities as well as their impact on nearby homes, schools,hospitals and other sensitive receptors. Throughout the life of a project, we ensure compliance with theapplicable legislation, standards, guidelines and project specifications. Our noise services include:• Noise contour mapping• Noise modeling and monitoring• Noise source compliance testing• Design of noise abatement measures• Exposure criteria, standards & regulations• Compliance during construction• Noise complaint investigation socioeconomics/Environmental JusticeUltraSystems performs regional economic impact analyses of project sites using the Economic ImpactForecast System (EIFS). Our specialists collect socioeconomic data (e.g., population, employment,housing, tax base, etc.) and perform the required socioeconomic impact analyses using the EIFS impactmodels. The analysis examines the effects of the proposed project on the availability of local housingand local infrastructure (i.e., traffic, school, hospitals, municipal services, etc.), as well as effects onpopulation, short- and long-term employment, housing demand and availability, and the tax base. Inaddition, to comply with Executive Order 12898 for environmental justice, UltraSystems routinelyassesses project impacts on minority or low-income populations in the project area. Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [13]
  • 17. The success of any project is dependent upon quality Client Testimonials work products, maintaining schedules, and meeting budget requirements. Our goal is to reach consensus between our clients, regulatory agencies and the public.Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy
  • 18. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsClient TestimonialsUltraSystems is proud to present a few recent testimonials from clients expressing their appreciationfor our services.“I want to take my hat off to you and your team. Completing these reports and submitting them ontime is a huge milestone for our entire Anaheim to Los Angeles team! Please accept my thanksfor the accomplishment. While the project has presented many challenges, our collective teamcontinues to make progress and provide evidence that the High Speed Train Project in California ismoving forward!” David M. Thomson, PE, Vice President, STV Incorporated“Betsy, indeed it was a pleasure working with you and the staff of UltraSystems over the lastthree years. You folks did a very good job for us under the ENO70 contract. You were always veryresponsive, technically proficient and reasonable in costs. You have played a major role in facilitatingMetro’s construction program. I will look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in thefuture.” Carl Peter Ripaldi, Principal Environmental Specialist, Metropolitan Transportation Authority“It was a pleasure working with UltraSystems on the Arlington Heights Sports Park environmentalprocess. Your professionalism, responsiveness and technical proficiency were a great asset inhelping the City of Riverside complete the initial study, MND, and other CEQA documentation. Welook forward to working with you in the future.” Randy McDaniel, Project Manager, City of Riverside, Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [14]
  • 19. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsClient Testimonials“I really appreciate the hard work and the quality of work that you and your staff at UltraSystemsdo. Over the past few years I have been very impressed with UltraSystems’ work ethics,comprehensiveness, thoroughness of documents, and responsiveness to clients’ and communities’needs (note that this observation includes my tenure at LAUSD as well, where we worked on severalof the district’s new schools projects). Hopefully we will get to work more on some of our up-comingprojects within the downtown area, as you guys were very much involved with preparation of mostof the original CEQA documents for the Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project, which financed housingand other redevelopment projects within the City. “ Dr. Robert Manford, Senior Planner, Environmental Review Unit, Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles“Throughout the years and the numerous projects that you and your staff have worked on for ourDepartment, it has always been a great working relationship. I genuinely respect your technicalknowledge and professionalism in the outstanding work that was provided. I look forward tocontinued success in working together on future projects.” Sarah D. Scott, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Programs Development Division“This message is to convey my sincere gratitude to UltraSystems during the processing of theadditional CEQA environmental documentation for the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Los AngelesCounty revised conditional use permit application. In my then capacity as the head of theenvironmental review section for the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning and asproject manager for the environmental documentation on the case, you and your staff were alwaysprofessional, knowledgeable, and timely in the assistance you brought to the preparation of acirculated Addendum to both the City of Los Angeles and the County previous EIRs on the landfill,a very controversial project. The more than three years it took to get the project to public hearing,because of the project’s sensitivity and contentiousness, was a pleasant experience in workingdirectly with you and your staff. This project would not have easily finished the case processingwithout your very able assistance.” Daryl Koutnik, Managing Principal, Biological Sciences, Impact Sciences, Inc. (Formerly with Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning) Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [15]
  • 20. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsRepresentative ExperienceUltrasystems has been serving its diverse publicand private sector clients with environmentalplanning and permitting solutions for 16 years. Ourservices are tailored to meet our individual client’sproject needs, from environmental impact assessmentand permitting to resource management and planning,community planning, economics and applied socialsciences, and information technology. UltraSystems’clients come to us with project challenges at avariety of scales — no task is too small or too big;our professional services are designed to meet yourneeds.Our project experience spans wind and solardevelopment, energy conveyance, schools/colleges, marinas/ports, urban landfills, brownfields,infrastructure/bridges, stations/railroads, dedicated busways,street improvements, public works, airports, redevelopment, parks/recreation facilities, businessparks, churches, corporate headquarters, distribution/warehouses, transit villages, hospitality/timeshares, master plan communities, regional community centers, health care/hospitals,entertainment complexes, golf course development, research development campus, historicalrenovations, water, retail, recreational, residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and otherinfrastructure-related projects.As such, we are expert in navigating a breadth of environmental programs, policies, and regulationswith technical aptitude. Please review our representative project experience for a taste of what wedo. Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [16]
  • 21. The success of any project is dependent upon quality work products, maintaining schedules, and meeting budget requirements. Our goal is to reach Representative consensus between our Experience clients, regulatory agencies and the public.Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy
  • 22. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsRepresentative Project Experience Client/Location Project Scope of Work Performed Preparing biological resource assessment,Confidential renewable energy focused species surveys, nesting bird surveys, 3000-acre mixed wind and solarclient (wind/solar), Lompoc, jurisdictional delineation, tree protection and developmentSanta Barbara County, CA replacement plan, adaptive management plan, fencing plan, and mitigation measures. Preparing Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) and technicalConfidential renewable energy Approx. 30-acre wind and solar studies, including air quality, biological,client (wind/solar), Victorville, development, adjacent to Mojave River cultural resources, geotechnical, phase ISan Bernardino County, CA (Cemex I) Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), and noise surveys. Preparing Initial Study/Environmental ImpactConfidential renewable energy Report (IS/EIR) and technical studies, Approx. 30-acre wind and solarclient (wind/solar), Victorville, including air quality, biological, cultural development (Cemex II)San Bernardino County, CA resources, geotechnical, Phase I ESA, and noise surveys.Southern California Edison Performed biological surveys, including 20-mile segment of the Tehachapi(SCE), Kern, Los Angeles, and focused surveys for special-status flora and Transmission Line projectSan Bernardino Counties, CA fauna, and a wetland delineation. Prepared environmental assessmentProctor & Gamble, Long Beach, 3 MW retrofit cogeneration power plant (EA) and air emission analysis for anLos Angeles County, CA (wastewood) Authority to Construct.UltraSytems Power Engineers Prepared EA and air emission analysis forand Constructors, Westwood, 9 MW power plant (wastewood)Los Angeles County, CA an Authority to Construct.UltraSytems Power Engineers Prepared EA and air emission analysis forand Constructors, Blue Lake, 11 MW power plant (wastewood)Humboldt County, CA an Authority to Construct.UltraSytems Power Engineers Prepared EA and air emission analysis forand Constructors, Burney, 9 MW power plant (wastewood)Shasta County, CA an Authority to Construct.UltraSytems Power Engineers Prepared EA and air emission analysis forand Constructors, Jasmin, Kern 45 MW power plant (wastewood)County, CA an Authority to Construct.Nueva Azalea Project, Prepared the air quality section and 550-megawatt (MW) power plantDowney, Los Angeles general comments on the Application for (wastewood)County, CA Certification (AFC). Performed multi-year general botanicalLake Elsinore Advanced Pump and zoological surveys and focused 2500-acre, 300 MW Water ReservoirStorage (LEAPS), Lake Elsinore, species-specific investigations to Pump StationRiverside County, CA document the presence or absence of sensitive biological resources. Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [17]
  • 23. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsRepresentative Project Experience Client/Location Project Scope of Work PerformedSouthern California Edison Performed biological surveys, including 20-mile segment of the Tehachapi(SCE), Kern, Los Angeles, and focused surveys for special-status flora and Transmission Line projectSan Bernardino Counties, CA fauna, and a wetland delineation. Prepared Initial Study/Mitigation NegativeSCE , Riverside County, CA 19-acre Wildomar Service Center Declaration (IS/MND) and technical studies, including air quality and noise surveys.Los Angeles Department ofWater and Power (LADWP), 25-mile segment of the Tehachapi Prepared BLM- Environmental AssessmentKern, Los Angeles, and San Transmission Line project (EA) and biological survey.Bernardino Counties, CA Prepared Spill Prevention, Control, andLADWP, Kern County, CA Pine Tree Wind Development project Countermeasure Plan (SPCC). Prepared Phase I Environmental SiteLADWP, Kern County, CA Pine Tree Wind Development Project Assessment (ESA). Provided construction air quality analysis 640-acre Owens Lake dust mitigationLADWP, Inyo County, CA and Geographic Information System (GIS) program services. 10- mile Coso Hayward Ranch waterBureau of Land Management Prepared EA and technical studies, including extraction and delivery system to the(BLM), Inyo County, CA biological and cultural surveys. Coso Geothermal Field Livestock grazing on 40-acre BLM Prepared EA and technical studies, includingBLM, Tuolumne County, CA Allotment 4108 air quality, biological, and cultural surveys. Livestock grazing on 160-acre BLM Prepared EA and technical studies, includingBLM, Tuolumne County, CA Allotment 4141 air quality, biological, and cultural surveys. Livestock grazing on 15-acre BLM Prepared EA and technical studies, includingBLM, Tuolumne County, CA Allotment 4199 air quality, biological, and cultural surveys. Livestock grazing on 270-acre BLM Prepared EA and technical studies, includingBLM, Mariposa County, CA Allotment 4181 air quality, biological, and cultural surveys. 4,800- lineal foot Superstition StationImperial Irrigation District, to Bullfrog Dairy electrical distribution Prepared EA.Imperial County, CA line on BLM landCalifornia Public Utilities Vesta Communication’s 72-mile fiberCommission (CPUC), Riverside Prepared IS/MND optic projectCounty, CACalifornia High-Speed Rail Prepared EIS/EIR and technical studies, Segment of high speed rail fromAuthority, Orange and Los including air quality, biological, and cultural Anaheim to Los AngelesAngeles Counties, CA surveys. Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [18]
  • 24. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsRepresentative Project Experience Client/Location Project Scope of Work Performed 120-acre Beech Street Development Prepared EIR and technical studies, includingCounty of Kern, CA Project air quality, biological, and noise surveys.City of San Marcos, c/o Forma Prepared EIR and technical studies, including 200-acre Heart of the City Specific PlanCompanies air quality, biological, and noise surveys. Groundwater contamination in theCity of Los Angeles, CA Air quality modeling and assessment. riparian corridor of Playa Vista wetlands Prepared Environmental Impact Report (EIR)EMR Residential Properties, 279-acre Emerald Meadows Ranch and technical studies, including air quality,LLC, Riverside, CA Specific Plan biological, phase I ESA, and noise surveys. Prepared EIR and technical studies, includingCity of Fontana, CA 110-acre Citrus Heights South air quality, biological, phase I ESA, and noise surveys. Prepared EIR and technical studies, includingCity of Fontana, CA 163-acre North Specific Plans air quality, biological, phase I ESA, and noise surveys. Prepared EIR and technical studies, including 37-acre Redlands Commons Mixed-UseCity of Redlands, CA air quality, biological, phase I ESA, and noise Development EIR surveys. Prepared Supplemental EIR and technicalCounty of San Bernardino, CA 248-acre Crest Project studies, including air quality, biological, phase I ESA, and noise surveys. Prepared IS/MND and technical studies,City of Riverside, CA 85-acre Canyon Springs Specific Plan including air quality, Phase I ESA, and traffic surveys. Prepared IS/MND, air quality and noiseCity of Riverside, CA Riverside Youth Sports Complex studies. Prepared wetland delineation, focused biological surveys, Stormwater PollutionCounty of Riverside, CA Lusk residential development Prevention Plan (SWPPP), and Section 404, 401, and 1602 permits.County of Riverside, CA 792-acre Sunset Ridge Specific Plan Prepared EIR. Prepared EIR and technical studies, includingStonegate Development 78-acre single-family residential air quality, biological, cultural, noise surveys,Company, Anaheim Hills, CA community and a phase I ESA.City of San Marcos, CA University Office and Medical Park Prepared EIR. Prepared IS/MND and technical studies,City of San Clemente, 53-acre La Pata Park Master Plan including aesthetics, air quality, biological,c/o Keith Companies, CA noise, and traffic surveys. Prepared IS, Notice of Preparation (NOP),Mountain Recreations & Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway and EIR and technical studies, including airConservation Authority, Park quality, biological, phase I ESA, and noiseLos Angeles, CA surveys. Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [19]
  • 25. UltraSystems Environmental | Wind Development | Statement of QualificationsRepresentative Project Experience Client/Location Project Scope of Work Performed Planning grant analysis of developableCity of Los Angeles Brownfields Study brownfields in the City Prepared EIR and technical studies, includingCity of Big Bear Lake, CA 7.8-acre Club at Big Bear Village aesthetics, biological, and cultural surveys. Bus-service operations and Prepared NEPA Categorical Exemption (CE),Victory Valley Transit Authority, maintenance facility, including fueling IS/MND and technical studies, including airHesperia, CA areas quality, biological, cultural, and noise surveys.City of Gardena Transportation 100-bus operation and maintenance Prepared CE and IS/MNDDepartment, CA facility, including fueling areas Prepared IS/EA’s and technical studies,CalTrans and RBF Consulting, New Spread Diamond Interchange including air quality, biological, cultural, landCoachella, CA Route 86 South at Airport Boulevard use, noise, Natural Environmental Studies, and socioeconomic studies.Metropolitan Transit Authority Division 9 transportation demolition Prepared IS/MND(Metro), Los Angeles, CA and replacement project Prepared biological assessment and Construction of new bridge in the processed permits, including SectionMetro, Los Angeles, CA Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area 1602, 404, 401, NPDES 402, and LACFC construction permits. Prepared all necessary studies to comply with CEQA, NEPA, Section 106 of the Natural On-call environmental services for 45+Metro, Los Angeles, CA Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and Section task orders 4(f) of the Department of Transportation (DOT). Prepared CalTrans Preliminary EnvironmentalCity of Los Angeles, c/o HNTB Soto Street Bridge Widening Study (PES), CEQA and NEPA categoricalEngineering, CA exemptions.City of Los Angeles, c/o HNTB State Street overhead bridge widening Prepared Caltrans Initial Site Assessment.Engineering, CA Prepared CalTrans Preliminary EnvironmentalCity of Los Angeles, c/o HNTB Tampa Avenue bridge-widening and Study (PES), CEQA and NEPA categoricalEngineering, CA improvement exemptions. Prepared IS’s, technical studies, public On-Call environmental services for 50+ facilitation, permit applications, specialCounty of Los Angeles, CA task orders. studies, field activities, and regulatory hearings. Revision to Los Angeles and Kern Prepared IS/MND and technical studies,County of Los Angeles, CA Counties boundary line -75 parcels on including air quality, biological, cultural, and 1,531 acres affected noise surveys. Prepared IS/MND and technical studies, Sierra Highway bridge replacement and including air quality, biological, cultural, noiseCity of Santa Clarita, CA rehabilitation surveys, and a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA).Orange County Transportation Prepared Screencheck, Draft and Final Removal of Santa Ana River CrossingsAuthority, c/o Kimley-Horn Program EIR, biological surveys, and obtained ProjectAssociates, CA 1602, 404, and 401 permits. Prepared biological technical studies, including a biological constraints analysis, Railroad grade separation and bridge biological survey, rare plant survey, focused replacement at the intersection of GlenCounty of San Bernardino, c/o wildlife surveys, vegetation classification Helen Parkway and the Union PacificLAN Engineering, CA and mapping, jurisdictional delineation, (UP) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Natural Environmental Study (per CalTrans (BNSF) railroads. standards), and Section 7 consultation per the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Land Use Circulation Element update to Prepared EIR and revised Land UseCity of Burbank, CA the General Plan Circulation Element. Providing Intelligent Solutions for Wind Energy [20]
  • 26. Corporate Headquarters: 16431 Scientific Way Irvine, CA 92618 949-788-4900 www.ultrasystems.comUltraSystems environmental | Wind Development | Statement of Qualifications