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.”

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