Major Utility Company

Humboldt Bay Power Plant California Energy Commission (CEC) Application for Certification Wetland Delineation, Biological & Cultural Resources Surveys & Monitoring, and Coastal Commission Consultation Humboldt County, California.

A utility company was upgrading its power plant on property near its former nuclear facility. The facility was on the coast of northern California and required permits from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), California Energy Commission, and Coastal Commission.

Burleson prepared the following sections of an application for certification (AFC): biological resources, cultural resources, air, geology, land use, socioeconomics, traffic, and wetlands.

Burleson met with Humboldt County and city officials on land use and permitting requirements and completed the wetland delineation and rare plant survey.

After identification of the permit requirements, Burleson assisted with the Coastal Zone Development Permit and coordinated with the US Coast Guard. Burleson’s wetland delineation specialist attended agency meetings and hearings about the project.

From 2008 through 2009, Burleson coordinated teams of biological and cultural monitors to oversee construction and wetland creation at the site. The teams of biological and cultural/paleontological monitors worked 10-hour days during construction. Paleontological artifacts of significance were found and recorded. Burleson oversaw landscaping at the Humboldt Bay Power Plant and monitored created wetlands during 2010 and 2011.

Experience with Environmental Regulators & Local Governments

Burleson met with the California Coastal Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Service, USACE, California Department of Fish and Game, and the local agencies to discuss the mitigation measures.

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