Mitigation Efforts: Cattle Dip Vat Assessment – A Case Stud
Dr. Leslie Smith, Senior Project Professional and Karinne Brown, Project Advisor, SCS Engineers, Inc.
CDVs were widely used throughout the state of Florida to mitigate the spread of Cattle Tick Fever. Private land owners are not required to address environmental impacts from the CDVs; however, liability still exists for government entities where CDVs are on their property or properties they purchase. Based on our client’s past experiences with CDVs, some environmental impacts were found at deeper intervals within the soil than initially expected, causing higher assessment and remediation costs. In order to avoid this, the implementation of various mitigation efforts and sampling techniques were utilized to ensure migration of impacted soils did not occur during the assessment.
Dr. Smith is a Senior Project Professional at SCS Engineers in their Environmental Services Department. She has over 6 years of experience in the environmental engineering/remediation field. Throughout her years in the environmental industry, she has field and management experience through various types of environmental projects, including the performance and preparation of contamination assessments, remediation implementation and contract management, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, hazardous material assessments and surveys, soil and groundwater sampling, underground storage tank removal oversight, report writing and review, and equipment maintenance. Dr. Smith has worked with both the FDEP Petroleum Restoration Program, the Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup Program, the Site Investigation Section (SIS) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) on a variety of projects and contaminant types, including chlorinated solvents, petroleum constituents, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals and metals. Dr. Smith currently manages various advanced environmental projects, which includes assessment and/or remediation services both in the private and public sectors.
Ms. Brown is experienced with Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, Landfill Gas monitoring and reporting, soil development oversite, and surface and groundwater assessment and monitoring. She is responsible for coordinating and managing redevelopment of contaminated sites. Project experience includes due diligence and site investigations, environmental studies, soil management oversight, and quarterly sampling and monitoring (groundwater and gas). Facilities include former/current agricultural and commercial sites, lakefills, and landfills.
Ms. Brown has technical experience with local regulatory agencies pertaining to the above stated project types and technical knowledge and experience regarding well installation and soil, ground/surface water, and gas sampling/monitoring. Ms. Brown has prepared technical reports including the following: assessment, soil management, dust control, and health and safety plans, site assessment, continued monitoring reports and analysis (monthly, quarterly, etc.), and project oversight and implementation reports.