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Former Fort Ord Army Base in California Recognized with EPA Superfund Site Reuse Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the former Fort Ord Army Base with a “National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse” award. These awards recognize innovative thinking and cooperation among federal agencies, states, tribes, local partners and developers that has led to noteworthy restoration and reuse of federal facility Superfund sites. The base, which is managed by the U.S. Army and had been a training facility since World War I, closed in 1994. The closure created an opportunity to repurpose the 28,000-acre base. Its many new uses include:

  • California State University Monterey Bay campus
  • Fort Ord National Monument and Dunes State Park
  • California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery
  • Retail center, residential developments, and VA outpatient clinic

Burleson Consulting, Inc. has contributed to Fort Ord’s Site Reuse for more than ten years by providing biological support services. Habitat restoration and biological surveys are required following munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) cleanup operations. We provide biologists, restoration specialists, ecologists, statisticians, and watershed scientists to facilitate Army compliance with ESA requirements established under the Installation-Wide Multispecies Habitat Management Plan (HMP). 

Since 2009, Burleson has conducted habitat restoration, biological monitoring, erosion control, team, agency and open house meetings, and other activities to support recovery of sensitive species and Central Coast Maritime Chaparral habitat at former Fort Ord.  

We have completed habitat restoration within approximately 6,000 acres of Site 39 Inland Ranges, including propagation of several “hard to grow” native maritime chaparral plant species. Burleson has also performed vegetation surveys in areas pre and post controlled burn, performed special-status wildlife surveys (California Tiger Salamander, Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp), wetland vegetation surveys, hydrology surveys, erosion control installation, and post restoration survivorship monitoring and surveys. We support the Army every year at an Annual Meeting where we provide statistical recovery information to USFWS, CDFW, EPA, and DTSC for habitat recovery post-remediation.

“This national recognition is thanks to many professionals who have worked tirelessly to ensure the cleanup protects human health and the environment and supports the reuse identified by the local communities,” said Bill Collins, Fort Ord BRAC Environmental Coordinator, U.S. Army. “The Army appreciates the continued collaboration and cooperation among the EPA, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the Fort Ord Reuse Authority which have made the successful redevelopment and reuse of the former Fort Ord possible.”

Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study at Former Parks Air Force Base Formerly Used Defense Site, Alameda County, California

Burleson is completing an RI/FS to support the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) at two areas of interest at the Former Parks AFB Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) in Dublin, California. Historical records and maps from 1945 indicate that these areas were the sites of a burn pit and a sanitary landfill; however, there are no historical records for what may have been burned or put into the landfill.

Burleson is working closely with USACE and California Department of Toxic Substances Control and encourages community and stakeholder participation. Our geologists and engineers evaluated historical photos, area topography, and data from previous site investigations to develop an RI/FS sampling strategy for soil, groundwater, and soil gas to assess the extent of any Department of Defense-related site contamination. Burleson staff will make use of our expertise and 20+ years of experience to characterize the nature of DoD contaminants, any threats to human and ecological health, and identify, develop, evaluate, and select any necessary remediation alternatives.

Wise Woman/Business Woman of the Year – Nadia Burleson, PE


The Sacramento Valley National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) recognized Nadia Burleson as the Business Woman of the Year at their 20th Annual Outstanding Women Leaders Awards Banquet. This award is for the woman who exemplifies all aspects of success as a woman business owner.

Nadia was thrilled to receive this award, as her last award was for typing champion of DeKalb High School (go Barbs!!). Nadia founded Burleson Consulting, Inc. in 2001. Her passion for the environment led her to forego the traditional chemical engineering path. For the past 25 years, she has been fortunate to be able to pursue projects that secure a viable environmental future with an amazing staff that motivates her every step of the way.

Corona and Twin Peaks Mine Drainage Treatment, Napa Valley, California

Burleson is providing innovative solutions to treat mine drainage in Napa County for Tuleyome, Inc., a California nonprofit dedicated to protecting the wild and agricultural heritage of the Northern Inner Coast Range. Tuleyome is sponsoring a Good Samaritan mine and water quality cleanup project at the Corona and Twin Peaks Mines in Napa County. The goal is to preserve the century of mining heritage for the public to explore and learn from for generations.
Burleson recently installed two inclined borings and we are conducting tracer studies to evaluate pathways and treatment parameters. The goal of the project is to identify a method to substantially reduce metal loading from mine drainage and improve the effectiveness of existing mine drainage treatment systems to support healthy aquatic ecosystems downstream in Lake Berryessa and Putah Creek, and to mitigate physical and chemical hazards so that the site is safe for potential future public use.

We are also working on consolidation and revegetation of areas where unconsolidated mine waste threatens water quality, as well as improving the existing infiltration trench system to better capture impacted water from the Drain Tunnel, adits, and surface water that has interacted with mine waste.

Burleson Awarded $9.9 M Habitat Restoration and Biomonitoring Contract at Former Fort Ord

Burleson Consulting, Inc.The USACE awarded Burleson a 5-year $9.9 M Single Award Task Order Contract (SATOC) in 2018 to restore and monitor maritime chaparral habitat at former Fort Ord. We are honored to be entrusted as stewards of the environment on lands designated as a national monument.

This new contract provides continuity for work we have successfully completed under two previous former Fort Ord Habitat Restoration IDIQ SATOCs for the USACE Southern Pacific Division (SPD) Sacramento District since 2009. Burleson’s biologists from our Carmel Valley office collect plant material near former firing range areas to propagate species at our local nursery to complete restoration. We also monitor and evaluate the potential for biological impacts associated with prescribed burns and unexploded ordnance removal at former Fort Ord. You will find our technical team, led by Thor Anderson, completing biological surveys, collecting plant material, and installing plants and erosion control materials throughout former Fort Ord. Since 2010, Burleson has restored more than 52 acres of habitat with about 34,000 installed plants and we also conduct biological surveys over the entire 28,000-acre former base.

USACE Awards Burleson $4 Million Contract for EPA Region 9 Abandoned Mine Sites Investigation

Burleson Consulting, Inc.

Burleson was awarded a $4M Single Award Task Order Contract (SATOC) in 2017 to support Remedial Investigations, Feasibility Studies, and Removal/Remedial Actions at EPA Mine Sites. Burleson has assisted USACE and EPA Region 9 with expert support through the analysis and presentation of detailed technical data to assess the ongoing multi-responsible party response to environmental contamination at the Leviathan Mine Superfund Site since 2008. This SATOC allows Greg Reller, PG, Burleson’s abandoned mine team leader, to continue supporting the EPA at Leviathan and other mine sites. Burleson has provided expert support to develop data quality objectives, support ongoing investigations, and to anticipate and address competing interests of multiple responsible parties and diverse stakeholders.

Leviathan Mine

Burleson has completed mine remediation services for all types of clients since 2008 including the USACE, EPA Region 9, USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, non-profit organizations including Tuleyome, Inc., and private local and international mining companies. Our western mine site experience has supported remediation with activities including surveys, field investigations, permit acquisition, and stakeholder and regulatory interaction.

Burleson Awarded IDIQ Contract for National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, managed by the National Park Service, protects 80,000 acres of pristine ecologically and historically significant landscapes surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area. Much of the park is land formally used by the United States Army, which includes historical sites such as Fort Barry and Fort Mason, and several artillery Batteries. The Park is home to world famous tourist attractions such as Muir Woods National Monument, Alcatraz Island, and the Presidio of San Francisco.

Since winning the contract in June 2015, Burleson has been working with the National Park Service to provide environmental support on a number of projects. We have conducted Underground Storage Tank and lead-based paint investigations at Fort Baker and Fort Barry, completed a HAZMAT Survey at a former Nike Missile Site (Sweeney Ridge in San Bruno), and conducted soil and geophysical investigations at Fort Mason. We are conducting a project at Alcatraz Island that includes AST removal and designing an Oil Water Separator treatment system. We are also removing contaminated soil from a diesel spill and replacing fuel lines at the Presidio of San Francisco. Our team enjoys working at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge and exploring Alcatraz Island while successfully completing NPS projects.