Soil Safe and Northwest were then allowed to conduct the soil sampling event The soil sampling event consisted of advancing test pits to visually characterize the soil and to collect waste classification soil samples at the site that will later be analyzed in a lab to determine if the soil is acceptable for Ferry Point. The analytical results showed that the material sampled from specific designated lots was acceptable for the Ferry Point Park site. "We made the entire testing process completely transparent," says Grant. "This transparency allowed all parties involved to monitor every part of the testing process, which kept us on the same page throughout the project."
The IEM approved the acceptance of approximately 20,000 tons of suitable material into Ferry Point. The other 20,000 yards of contaminated soil will be transported to Soil Safe or an alternate facility for proper disposal. "All material managed by Northwest was taken to either Soil Safe or Ferry Point for disposal," says Josh Jackson, Vice President of Northwest Environmental.
"The testing and approval process was the first hurdle, the second hurdle was getting the material to the proper locations," says Grant. "Northwest was already in the loop and was able to start the site management and hauling services as soon as we had approval."
Northwest is providing site management services to ensure each truck is receiving correct material. "We had 34 trucks the first few days of the project and have two different loading areas," says Chris Scalero, Project Manager of Northwest Environmental. "One loading area is for the clean soil, the other is for contaminated soil. These two segregated lots need to be monitored to ensure there is no cross contamination."
Northwest's site management service protects their clients from liability soil misplacements. Each truckload of material is required to have a manifest that both the driver and the Facility/Project Manager sign, ensuring that the material is placed at the correct facility or project. "The manifest for this project had to be approved by a number of parties to make sure everyone was on the same page," says Scalero.
"These types of projects take a tremendous amount of coordination between all of the parties involved, especially when you're working in an urban area like the Bronx," says Grant. "Northwest took a difficult site management situation and made it manageable. Their knowledge and expertise made it happen on the jobsite."
With the success of this project, Northwest and Soil Safe are looking forward to their next challenging job. "We formed a great relationship with TRC and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and were able to save the project a substantial amount of time and money with this strategy," says Jackson.
Northwest consists of a qualified and educated team of professionals ranging from Civil Engineers to Environmental Soil Engineers. These professionals provide services such as site management, soil sampling, creation of sampling plans and in-house data analysis, to name a few.
Northwest Environmental focuses on environmental soil remediation and provides a number of construction and environmental services such as soil/media removal, excavation protection systems, on-site remediation, consolidation, containment and capping, groundwater collection systems, UST remediation among others. Northwest has the capability and expertise to handle contracts of any size and complexity.