Multiple Site Environmental Assessments

Multiple Site Environmental Assessments South Central California

The US Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) awarded Burleson two contracts to prepare environmental assessments (EAs) at multiple sites.

Westside Parkway Bridge EA

The City of Bakersfield applied for a permit from Reclamation to construct bridges and an off-ramp over the Friant Kern Canal and Reclamation’s right-of-way to complete the Westside Parkway Freeway. The City was required to replace the canal liner and to relocate utility lines beneath the footprint of the bridges. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued.

Tulare Irrigation District Regulation Basin EA

The Tulare Irrigation District (TID) applied for a CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant from Reclamation for construction of the 6.5-acre Thompson Regulation Basin. The purpose and need for the Basin were to regulate water supplies and enhance the flexibility of the water delivery system in the Rocky Ford Canal and downstream canals and to reduce the amount of water spilled outside the TID due to fluctuations in farmer’s irrigation cycles. A FONSI was issued.

Del Puerto Water District EA

Burleson prepared a Draft EA for the Del Puerto Water District (DPWD), which applied for an encroachment permit from Reclamation to facilitate water exchange with the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) China Island Unit. The encroachment permit would allow DPWD to convey pumped groundwater to the China Island Unit in exchange for surface water. During EA preparation, DPWD sampled groundwater and determined that the project was not feasible because selenium concentrations were greater than the China Island Standards and sufficient dilution water was not available. Therefore, the EA was not finalized.

San Justo Reservoir Zebra Mussel Eradication EA

Burleson prepared a Draft EA for this project. Zebra mussels were detected in January 2008 and are a prolific, invasive aquatic shellfish that clog water intake pipes, pumps, and delivery systems and pose a threat to the water supply and distribution system in California. The project would treat reservoir water with a potassium chloride solution that targets zebra mussels while remaining relatively benign to other species.

James Irrigation District EA

Burleson prepared a Draft EA for the James Irrigation District, which applied for a Water 2025 Implementation Challenge Grant from Reclamation to construct and operate water recharge/banking/regulation basins in the James Bypass. Three previously constructed regulation basins in the James Bypass would be used in this project to allow storage of Central Valley Project (CVP) water and flood waters of the Kings River drainage for regulation, recharge, or banking.

Client Satisfaction

"Burleson Consulting was excellent to work with and very professional. They assembled a top-notch team of experts to study and propose solutions to the water supply challenges at Sutter National Wildlife Refuge. The communication was excellent throughout the project. This included project staff, contracting personnel, and interested stakeholders. As a result, the project was completed on time and on budget. I would not hesitate to use or recommend Burleson Consulting in the future."Kevin Clancy, Project Manager – United States Bureau of Reclamation

"Burleson provided exceptional services under this contract. Because of their successful work, they were awarded a $7M follow-on IDIQ contract in 2014, that also encompasses biological monitoring at former Fort Ord. They have consistently improved their plant material collection and propagation techniques and pass the savings onto the federal government. Burleson is a valuable team member on Fort Ord and I feel that they are true stewards of the environment." William K. Collins, BRAC Environmental Coordinator, US Army Corps of Engineers

"Burleson has been able to work with several government agencies (to include tribal groups and natural resource trustees) and several responsible parties to assist in progressing this site to a stage where technical and agency concerns can be identified and resolved. Strengths – overall and in depth understanding of mine site and CERCLA dynamics. Deficiencies – none. I would not hesitate to use Burleson." Daniel McMindes, USACE Liaison to EPA, US Army Corps of Engineers

"Burleson helped to manage the Sacramento Area Voltage Support Environmental Impact Statement. They came through and were always available during an ‘energy crisis’ in California. I will continue to work with them."Loreen McMahon, Project Manager - California Public Utilities Commission

"We appreciated Burleson’s great work, re: completing the draft EIR on the scheduled date (it was a tremendous task, but they completed it). All of them put a lot of work into it (it was a true team effort). They should all be proud of this accomplishment given the changes and obstacles encountered along the way, and I cannot thank them enough."Glenn M. Shuder, AIA, CFM, Chief Architect - Project Director, SMUD

"We chose Burleson Consulting because of their experience with the specific project matter in technical and regulatory issues and for their record of excellent communication skills in complex, multiparty projects. They were responsive to the matter and were sensitive to all relationships between the parties involved."Kevin Mayer, PE, Project Manager - USEPA