Project Experience
 

The projects highlighted below represent a cross section of our teams work and is representative of experience across multiple market sectors in a variety of locations throughout the western United States. A complete project portfolio is not represented here but may be viewed at any time by request.

 

Sagebrush Ecosystem Management (SEM) - Programmatic NEPA Environmental Assessment, Bureau of Land Management - Battle Mountain District (BMD)

Pivot is currently teaming with GeomorphIS LLC to help the BMD develop a Programmatic NEPA Environmental Assessment (EA), which will assess a proposed plan to provide meaningful and proactive ways to better manage the sagebrush ecosystem throughout the very large Battle Mountain District.

Northern Goshawk Survey - Plumas National Forest

US Forest Service - Beckwourth Ranger District, Portola, CA.

​​Pivot Biologist Jon Silva (Project Director) along with Pivot Environmental Scientist Scott Ackert and other biological specialists, have recently finished the second and last phase of a two-Year contract under the US Forest Service (USFS) to develop a comprehensive Northern Goshawk Survey in the Plumas National Forest (PNF) Beckwourth Ranger District. The PNF is located in northeastern California, roughly 25 miles southeast of Quincy, California, and is comprised of 1,171,183 acres.  The Project / Survey Area itself covers roughly 15,000 acres spread across certain older growth timber stands within the PNF. Certain areas which clearly represent unsuitable habitat or nesting areas are generally to be eliminated from the Survey.

 

The two-year Plumas National Forest Goshawk Survey concluded with a record final tally of 7 active Goshawk nests confirmed in our 15,000 acre survey area!!! Also located were numerous other species, including this California Spotted Owl (see at left).

 

We at Pivot are VERY proud of this result as it is significantly better than was accomplished in past surveys. In years past other consultants managed to confirm a maximum of 2 or 3 active nests during a survey of the same area. This means that a large exclusionary buffer area will be established around each nest providing long-term protection from logging for those areas.

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O'Neil PPA Vegetation Treatment - NEPA Environmental Assessment

Bureau of Land Management - Elko, Nevada District

In coordination with GeomorphIS LLC, and other partners Pivot is working for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko, Nevada on the Oneil Project Planning Area Vegetation Treatment Projects (O’Neil PPA). The Oneil PPA Vegetation Treatments Project is being developed to assess the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of a habitat improvement project that includes various vegetative treatments. The EA impact analysis will focus on potential impacts that may result from vegetative treatments conducted by the BLM and approved contractors within the approximately 2.2 million acre project boundary.  Approximately 300,000 acres of treatment have been identified to be analyzed within the project boundary. The EA addresses environmental impacts from water resources; air quality; vegetation resources including noxious weeds; wildlife (including migratory birds); special status species (T&E); range resources; land use and access; aesthetics (visual); cultural resources; geology, minerals; soils; recreation; hazardous materials; Native American religious concerns and traditional values; environmental justice, and others as determined through internal and external scoping of the project.

Mineral Ridge Mine Noxious Weed Survey - Scorpio Mining, Silver Peak, Nevada

Scorpio Mine requested Pivot conduct a Noxious Weed Survey for compliance with their Mine Plan under the BLM and the NV BMRR. The purpose of the survey was to evaluate the occurrence and distribution of plants listed as invasive or noxious weeds, within the Mine’s active disturbance areas.  Other surveyed areas included proposed disturbance areas include roadway improvements, road and mine maintenance areas, and short-term temporary access areas and mine roads and other activity sites.

 

Wetland Delineation and Vegetation Survey - Mohawk Valley Country Club

Graeagle, California

Mohawk Valley Estates near Graeagle, California contacted Pivot Environmental requesting assistance with a county required survey of vegetation in an area adjacent to the 89 highway which was planned for eventual development. Pivot Principal Biologist Jon Silva reviewed the County and State of California requirements for the survey and report. Jon quickly and efficiently conducted the survey and then submitted the report which provides Mohawk Valley Estates with the necessary compliance to move forward with their plans.

​​​​​​Black Rock Canyon Mine - Mine Permit Program Development and Management

Crescent Valley, Nevada

Full startup and ongoing permit program for a Nevada placer gold mine. Ongoing project activities include a first phase portion which updated and brought current the mine’s Water Pollution Control Permit (WPCP), Amended Plan of Operations (PoA) under the BLM and Reclamation Plan and Permit. Subsequent to this numerous Major and Minor Modifications were required to fully integrate Company objectives with the new Amended Plan of Operations and Reclamation Plan. Also developed were the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and NPDES Permit, and the Spill Prevention Plan (SPCC). Subsequent phases have developed other permits and plans to include Clean Air Act (Title II Air Permits), Clean Water Act (Water Resource Permits, Water Pollution Control Permits), BLM Right of Way Permits, Hazardous Waste Permits, and local use permits.

Closing out this project Pivot successfully secured all necessary start-up permits for the BRCM. The BLM and the BMRR approved the NEW fully re-written Plan of Operations "Amended" (PoA). The new PoA greatly improves the milling and mining processes and provides a much expanded Plan of Operations boundary. BRCM can now begin construction of four new concrete-lined sedimentation/process ponds and the reconfiguration of the milling process with several new pieces of milling equipment, also recently approved.

Bear Track Mine - Heap Leach Facility

Environmental Constraints Overview and Analysis

Sundance, Wyoming

This project developed a technical analysis of permitting scenarios for the potential development of a stream diversion around a proposed valley-fill Heap Leach Facility (HLF) at a confidential Mining operation near Sundance, Wyoming. Analysis focused on the study of projects with similar characteristics and features, especially as they had the potential to relate to the development of the Clean Water Act (Section) 404 permitting process. This study was developed to help identify possible alternatives strategies likely to be critical to the development of Project impacts and/or mitigation measures with the objective of assisting with the development of a strategy for successful Section 404 permitting.

 

 

Nevada Milling and Mining (NVMM) - Full Mine Startup and Operations Permitting  Large-scale Underground Lode Mine *

Searchlight, NV.

Client requested developed full suite of startup and operating plans and permits for a large-scale underground startup mine in Searchlight, NV. Plans and permits included: Operations and Reclamation Plan (Ops Plan) and Permit application with a Standardized Reclamation Cost Estimate model (SRCE), Air Operating Permit with a Dust Control Plan, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and NPDES Permit for Mine Operations.

 

 

Undisclosed Mine - Phosphate Mine Exploration Plan

NEPA Environmental Assessment (EA) *

Soda Springs, Idaho

Mr. Ackert led numerous tasks under the NEPA EA Project. The Mine proponent proposed a project to conduct exploration drilling for the presence of phosphate ore within existing federal phosphate leases in the Caribou National Forest in South East Idaho. The NEPA document assessed potential impacts related to exploration drilling plans throughout the lease boundary. Impacts assessed included: Recreation and Land Uses, Wildlife, Raptors (Flammulated Owl and Northern Goshawk), and a comprehensive Wetland Delineation.

 

 

Large-Scale Mine Expansion Permitting - Environmental Permitting and Constraints Analyses of a Planned Mine Pit Expansion*

Battle Mountain, NV

This northern Nevada gold mine determined that a minable ore reserve of approximately 20 mt exists in a new area of mine property located adjacent to a former active Pit. Plans to develop the pit expansion were proposed for two phases, first by development of Phase 1 entirely on private fee land, then by expansion of Phase 2 onto public (BLM) land. Mr. Ackert provided overview and constraints analysis of federal permitting and environmental regulatory compliance requirements and liabilities with a compliance plan and program necessary to move the project forward.

 

 

Large-Scale Mine Expansion - Environmental Permitting*

Challis, Idaho

While working with another firm Mr. Ackert provided primary technical oversight and report production on a variety of studies and documents. The Project Proponent  proposed a project to expand current operations at their Mine near Challis, Idaho. The Mine is the third largest primary molybdenum mine in the world. The proposed project expanded operations through the use of federal land exchanges with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service (USFS). The Mine Amended Plan of Operations (PoO) and Land Exchange Project (Project) proposed to expand current mining operations of a combined 660 acres of private land and 850 acres of public land administered by the BLM’s Challis Field Office and USFS Challis Yankee Fork Ranger District.

 

 

Mountaineer Coal Mine - Carbon Capture Demonstration

NEPA Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Mason Co, W. Virginia

Mr. Ackert provided senior QA review of project NEPA and study documents. The project was designed to capture and safely store underground up to 1.5 million metric tons of CO2 per year from plant emissions. The captured CO2 would be compressed and conveyed via pipeline to injection wells for geologic storage in deep saline formations, approximately 1.5 miles below the land surface.

 

 

Goldstrike TCM Mine - Management of Numerous Engineering Design Change (EDC)

Processes for Water Pollution Control Permit – Elko, NV.

Serving as senior project scientist, Mr. Ackert has helped the Barrick Mining Company by assisting with a redesigned, new administrative record and documentation process for 21 separate Engineering Design Change (EDC) processes running simultaneously. In addition to developing a new administrative record process Mr. Ackert developed a task and process tracking system designed to run in ”real-time” based on an extra-net workspace allowing diverse project staff at Barrick, Golder and other firms to access and work on documents across multiple task platforms.

 

 

Pinson Mine - Environmental Program Audit and Constraints Analysis
Valmy, NV

Mr. Ackert performed a full audit and analysis of Marigold Mine’s Environmental Program. This program review required a full investigation of Marigold’s entire environmental and permitting program with a comprehensive report detailing findings and potential problems and risks associated with Mine purchase. This report was utilized by Aurico Gold Incorporated of Toronto, Ontario to evaluate the viability of Marigold Mine as a potential acquisition.

Novato Creek Flood Control Mitigation Project - NEPA Environmental Assessment

Marin County, CA.

CEQA—Mitigated Negative Declaration, Biological Assessment, Wetland Delineation,
JARPA Permitting Process, Storm-water Pollution Control Plan and Other Permits

​Project to evaluate the environmental impacts related to the removal, transportation and deposition of mud and silt to restore the flood control capacity of several major streams within and around the City of Novato California. Key impact issues involved trucking and transportation of dredged spoils, sediment discharges, noise, and air in the project site and at the transportation corridor adjacent to Bel Marin Keys and at the Hamilton Wetlands Reclamation Project site where final deposition will be made. Other important issues include the air emissions control permits, biological impacts associated with the projects proposed placing of sites related to mixing and piping, trucking and transportation, water quality, and fisheries impacts.

Communications Facility Project - NEPA Environmental Assessment

BLM - Milford, Utah

Assessment of proponent plans to develop a new communications facility in central Utah. Project support activities included NEPA Environmental Assessment documentation, biological assessments and cultural surveys. The NEPA Environmental Assessment reviewed project activities through the use of the BLM’s Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) checklist, associated technical studies and public input on critical issues including: Range and Fire Management, Air impact studies related to fugitive emission control plans, Biological assessments related to possible T&E Species, migratory bird analysis, and a cultural resource survey.

ASH Springs Project - BLM Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP / NEPA EA)

Caliente, Nevada

NEPA—Environmental Assessment (EA), Biological Assessment (BA), Inter-agency Consultation, Transportation/Access Design and Impacts Analysis, Public Outreach Processes.

​The Caliente, Nevada, Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as the Lead Agency, required the development of a new Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP) and NEPA Environmental Assessment to describe and assess the impacts from a proposed BLM project to develop and expand the recreation site. The proposed project would expand the site, and increase recreational opportunities for users while preserving habitat functionality for numerous endangered local, endemic fish species. Critical to the project would be the maintenance of the natural and ecological values of the site and its surrounding resources.

​Bodega Bay Emergency Beach Erosion Repair Project - Environmental Assessment

Sonoma County, CA.

FEMA, CEQA—Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration, Biological Assessment,
Coastal Permitting Processes, Fugitive Dust Control Plan and Monitoring Processes

Severe storms during the winter of 2005-2006 damaged significant portions of Beach protection infrastructure in and around Bodega Bay, California. Damaged structures and features included, beach-armoring Rip-Rap, backfill areas, sea-wall structures, beaches, boat ramps and sidewalks. Sonoma County Regional Parks, funded by emergency FEMA program developed a project to restore these significant sections of beach breakwater and rip-rap structures. Portions of the Porto Bodega Harbor sea-wall were also repaired. Doran Beach State Park required restoration activities at the boat ramp and associated beaches. Significant analysis included biological studies and surveys of Eel Grass in the project site areas. Other project duties include Public Outreach and presentation of the Project at the Sonoma County Environmental Resource Committee (ERC) as the representative of the County as Lead Agency.

 

 

Redwood Road Emergency Repair Project - Environmental Assessment

Napa County, CA.

NEPA Environmental Assessment/ CEQA Mitigated Negative Declaration

FEMA, Flood Control, NEPA—Environmental Assessment, FONSI, Biological Assessment, Mitigation and Monitoring Plan, Wetland Delineation.

This Project managed an extensive NEPA EA/ CEQA (MND) for a project to repair a major roadbed failure of Redwood Road in the western hills of Napa County. Napa County’s Public Works department utilized FEMA funding under grants for emergency infrastructure repairs. The project repaired a 100-foot roadbed failure on Redwood Road. The road failure occurred adjacent to Redwood Creek. Analysis included biological assessments to determine the potential for impacts to Northern Spotted Owl, Bald Eagle and Coho Salmon. Other impacts included water quality, noise and air quality (during construction). 

 

 

Preservation Ranch - Timber to Vineyard Conversion Project - CEQA EIR

Annapolis, CA.

CEQA—Technical Studies, Permit Program                                                                 

The Preservation Ranch project was a 20,000-acre legacy-project designed to develop timber production on approximately 6,000 acres with 2,000 acres to be placed into vineyard conversion, and several thousand acres to be inventoried and assessed for inclusion into Oak and Redwood conservation status. Assisted with extensive permitting efforts, which included hundreds of miles of roads and hundreds of stream crossings. Assisted with the development of new management infrastructure for this precedent setting project, including database and website development. Other responsibilities included Quality Assurance Sampling Plans, reviews of technical studies
and assistance with Air emissions control plan, biological studies; Raptor survey, and Owl surveys.

 

 

Community Building Expansion and Rehab Project

Manchester Pt Arena Tribe, Point Arena, CA.

NEPA/CEQA—Environmental Assessment (FONSI)/Initial Study (IS), Mitigated Negative Declaration.

Managed a HUD CDBG Grant project of over $500,000 to comprehensively redesign, expand and rebuild the tribe’s existing community center building. The Community Center building served the community as the tribal offices, the elder nutrition center, the health center and community meeting hall. The building was too small and inefficient for any of these purposes. The grant awarded over $500,000 to the tribe to plan, design, engineer, environmentally evaluate, and remove physical constraints in the design, shape and size of the building. The project also included a NEPA/CEQA Environmental Assessment process effectively allowed the Tribe to continue the project with
no delays in start-up. 

 

 

Water Quality Assessment Program, QAPP, S&AP and 305b Report

Sherwood Tribe - Willits, CA.        

Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) and §305b Report

A project developed and funded under the US EPA’s CWA §106 grant program, pursuant to the tribes development of a watershed-wide NPDES Sediment pollution prevention and mitigation program. The project initially required the development of a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for the Tribe. The Tribe required a QAPP, which specified sampling methodology, locations, equipment, sampling and handling methods, chain of custody protocols, and data handling requirements. The data also was useful in the further development of tribal water quality standards under the 305b Reporting process.

 

 

River Management Plan and NEPA EA

Pt. Arena, CA- Manchester Pt. Arena Tribe

Development and management of the NEPA Environmental Assessment (EA)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) processes, Comprehensive River Management Plan, Public Outreach Workshops, Water Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP), Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) and multiple biological surveys under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Mr. Ackert as the Program Manager sought and won grant funding offered by multiple federal and state agencies. From 1999 to 2002 this extensive project included a variety of diverse studies including: NEPA EA/EIS, T&E Species surveys for the Point Arena Mountain Beaver, the Red-Legged frog and Coho salmon culminating in negotiations with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) within the framework of the ESA Sec 9 & 10 processes. Other studies included watershed and river systems hydrologic assessments, mitigation plans within implementation plans leading to a ten-year strategic plan used for providing shorter term strategic and tactical planning tools with measurable tasks and objectives and extensive public and stakeholder outreach planning.

 

 

Community Water Quality Assessment Program (QAPP) Project

Susanville, California

A project developed and funded under the US EPA’s CWA §106 grant program to develop a Quality Assurance Project Plan for the Susanville Tribe of Susanville, California. The Tribe required a QA plan sufficient to satisfy the US EPA Region 9 Quality Assurance requirements under the Tribe’s Section 106 Grant program. QA Plan specified sampling methodology, locations, equipment, sampling and handling methods, chain of custody protocols, and data handling requirements. The QA plan, in addition to ensuring an uninterrupted flow of program funding further, ensures data accuracy and defend ability. Data of this nature may lead directly to the development and implementation of various other programs and projects, especially the NPDES Grant Program to quantify the existence and extent of NPS pollutants.

 

 

Water Rights Project & Environmental Baseline Reports - Masut du Ho Vineyards

Ukiah, California

Teamed with North Coast Resource Management (NCRM) to evaluate several vineyard irrigation ponds impacts to the local watershed, especially regarding impacts to sensitive fisheries, water quality, and erosion. The CEQA document required multiple agency outreach regarding storm-water impacts and water quality issues. Biological impacts expected to species such as the Coho Salmon and recreational impacts all related to the possible projected loss of water in the watershed.

 

 

Water Rights Project & Environmental Baseline Reports - Frey Vineyards

Redwood Valley, California

Management of a project teamed with North Coast Resource Management (NCRM) to evaluate potential impacts to the local environment, related to the applicants proposed and existing ponds. CEQA studies further complicated by the nature of the project as an existing project. This unique status results in a situation where the proposed project is the current or existing condition. This seeming contradiction was resolved by utilizing the CEQA analysis to assess conditions at the point of application.

 

​​​​​​Environmental Site Assessments and Investigations

Bay Institute - Petaluma Tidal Wetlands Environmental Site Assessment:

The Bay Institute of Marin County, California required a Phase I Environmental Site Investigation to characterize a candidate property.

 

PG&E Maintenance Facility - 200 Front Street - Environmental Site Assessment:

Phase I, and Phase II environmental site investigations were ordered to detect possible environmental contaminants and to establish a monitoring plan for reclamation and post-cleanup site clearances.

 

Cal Trans Facility - 1040 River Road, West Sacramento, CA.

Former maintenance facility - Investigation and monitoring of numerous plumes of contaminants. Development of monitoring wells and cleanup and reclamation plans.

 

Premier Pacific Vineyards – Phase I ESA of AG Operation in Sonoma County, CA:

A Phase I ESA was ordered to help determine possible contamination related to hazardous or toxic substances.

 

M&M Services - Environmental Site Investigation:

M&M Services of 590 Caletti Avenue, Windsor, CA was required by the City of Windsor to submit to a comprehensive environmental site investigation to determine sources and vectors of possible environmental contaminants detected in nearby sensitive habitats.

 

Circle S Gun Range -

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment of Gun Range in Petaluma Ca. A Phase I ESA was ordered to help determine possible contamination related to hazardous or toxic substances.

 

550 West Drever, Former Truck Repair Facility.

 

Phase I environmental site investigation (ESA) and reclamation monitoring program.

 

820 Merkley Avenue (Sunshine Cleaners) – Former Laundry Facility.

Phase I environmental site investigation (ESA) and reclamation monitoring program.

 

1329 Merkley Avenue (El Rancho Fabric Care) – Former Laundry Facility.

Phase I environmental site investigation (ESA) and reclamation monitoring program.

 

2166 & 2172 Piner Road – Environmental Site Assessment.  Phase I environmental site assessment to determine possible contamination related to hazardous or toxic substances.

 

New York Subdivision – Environmental Site Assessment:

Phase I environmental site assessment to determine possible contamination related to hazardous or toxic substances.

 

4355 Hall Road, Santa Rosa, CA. – Environmental Site Assessment:

Phase I environmental site assessment to determine possible contamination related to hazardous or toxic substances.

 

Middle Rincon Road, Sonoma County, CA. – Environmental Site Assessment:

Phase I environmental site assessment to determine possible contamination related to hazardous or toxic substances.

 

 

 

 

 

Archaeological & Cultural Resource Management Projects

 

Section 110 Inventory of 15,000 acres for NAF El Centro, Imperial County, CA

Under extreme heat, wind, and dusty conditions, DIGTECH crews completed this large-scale survey in just over four 10-day rotations. Field crews worked efficiently using “creative transecting” techniques that minimized or eliminated “dead-walking” or, walking off-transect to get from one area to another. Using these methods, DIGTECH crews were able to maintain an average of 60 acres per day per person on a 25-meter transect interval, with many days exceeding 60 acres. During the survey, crews recorded over 250, mostly prehistoric, sites and over 900 isolated artifacts and features. Working under a prime contractor, Ultrasystems Environmental, and with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest, DIGTECH was able to provide completed site and isolate records on a daily basis for minimal post-processing in the office.

 

110 Inventory of 30,000 acres for NAWS China Lake, Kern, Inyo, San Bernardino

Situated at the southern end of the Great Basin, China Lake NAWS manages 1.1 million acres of land that has seen little human activity since the military takeover in the 1940s. As such, many of the prehistoric and historic sites that would have otherwise been looted are in pristine condition. DIGTECH crews are currently surveying 30,000 acres across four distinct areas of the north and south ranges. Crews routinely encounter hazards on the survey, such as various rattlesnakes, challenging terrain, and unexploded ordinance. Creative transecting efficient recording, despite up to two-hour one-way commute times to and from the project area, resulted in an average of 1,600 acres of coverage per crew (two crews) per 10-day period, with an average of 15 sites and 50 isolated artifacts and features recorded per session.

 

West Meadows Class III Cultural Resources Inventory

This project included the survey of approximately 200 acres on private land near Reno, Nevada. A Section 106 review was required due to the crossing of the project area by several U.S. Waterways under the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers. Four new archaeologist sites were recorded and several previously recorded sites were updated. The project was completed in just a few days with electronic delivery of the site records to the State Historic Preservation Officer within three days of completing the fieldwork.

 

Bulletproof Tactical LLC, Tactical Vehicle Off-Road Operations Project, Churchill, Storey, and Washoe Counties, Nevada. Class I Literature Search

This project included a record search for over 128 miles of roads managed by the Nevada BLM’s Carson City District Office. The records search required an extensive investigation of hundreds of site forms and reports at the Carson City District Office, some over 50 years old. DIGTECH does not use paper or make copies whenever possible so each of the forms that were needed for the report were scanned. Many of the older site forms were scanned on flatbed scanners, similar to the requirements of this proposal. DIGTECH personnel also consulted historical resources at the University of Nevada, Reno and handled historic maps related to the project area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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