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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.