Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration, Inc. - Interview


The environmental site assessment

8 months ago

What is an Environmental Consultant? He is a specialized type of Consultant. Also known as: Eco Consultant, Green Consultant, Environment Consultant. An environmental consultant is someone who works on a contractual basis for private and public sector clients, addressing environmental issues such as water pollution, air quality, and soil contamination.


Cylex: How long is a phase I environmental site assessment good for?  

Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration, Inc.: The cost and time to complete Phase I's vary depending on the property. For example, a 1 acre site located in a rural setting may cost between $1,000 - $2,000 whereas a 50 acre site located in an industrial setting will require more hours to investigate and more people/businesses to interview and prices can range from $3,000 to $5,000

Cylex: What are the standards for conducting an environmental site assessment?

Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration, Inc.: GEAR follows the ASTM E1527-13 Standard for Phase I Assessments which is accepted by lending institutions and recognized by leading professionals.

Cylex: What is not included in an environmental site assessment?

Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration, Inc.: It does not include sampling and testing of Recognized Environmental Concerns (RECs) which is conducted during the Phase II.  The Phase I consist of Site inspections, Interviews, Reviews of historical sources, Reviews of government records, Consideration of "commonly known" information, Search for environmental cleanup liens, Consideration of "specialized knowledge", Consideration of relationship of purchase price to fair market value of property, if not contaminated, and Consideration of "degree of obviousness of contamination."



Cylex: What are the benefits of a geotechnical investigation?

Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration, Inc.: Geotechnical investigations are conducted to determine the suitability of land to support structures such as buildings, bridges, or homes and to evaluate the land's capacity for drainage associated with storms, ponds, and seasonal water table elevations.

Cylex: What locations are most vulnerable?

Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration, Inc.: The geotechnical investigation is used by design engineers to determine the types of foundations or sizes of stormwater ponds for example so the most vulnerable locations will be where there is silts, clays, and muck. These types of soil conditions require the design engineer to evaluate different foundations (i.e., piles vs. spread) or the drainage time of stormwater ponds.  The geologist in the field will classify the soils from the drill rig and count the number of "blows" it takes to drive a 2 foot "spoon" into the ground. The higher the blow-count, the more compatible the soils are to support structures, however hardpan clays are not compatible thus requiring the need to classify the soils.

Cylex: How often should the water be tested?

Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration, Inc.: Water testing is dependent upon several factors. An initial test may reveal no contamination and no additional sampling I needed whereas a site that is known to have contamination may require monthly, quarterly, or annual sampling.

Cylex: What other services do you provide?

Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration, Inc.: GEAR provides Design-Build Engineering; Legionella testing, monitoring, and treatment design-build; Site Civil Engineering; Stormwater permitting and design; Spill Prevention and Countermeasure Control; Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans; Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing services; Petroleum Assessment and Cleanup; and Hazardous Materials sampling and  manifesting.


Efforts towards renewable energy and technologies producing low emissions are seeing more and more government funding. Organizations that invest in research and development within these areas are also growing, and are one of the places that environmental consultants can be found. They have extensive knowledge on environmental regulations, and can advise clients in private industry or public government institutions on how to steer clear of possible fines, legal action or misguided transactions.