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EBI News for December 01, 2021- Army Environmental Remediation

EBI News for December 01, 2021- The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, army environmental remediation, acquisitions, and more!

WSP and partners complete large wetlands restoration

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) marked the completion of the C-44 Reservoir/Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) in November, a 6,300-acre man-made wetland to restore and protect the region’s water resources. According to WSP USA (New York, N.Y.), which managed construction for the District, the $100-million C-44 Reservoir/STA is the largest environmental restoration project in U.S. history and included construction of several miles of canals, reservoirs and new wetlands. Once a vast area of natural wetlands, much of the land transitioned to agriculture in the mid-20th Century, leading to run-off, damaging the ecosystem in the St. Lucie River estuary, and threatening the habitat of more than 4,000 species, including 60 on the endangered list. The project is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.


Kleinfelder completes acquisition of Century Engineering

The Kleinfelder Group Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) has acquired Century Engineering Inc. (Hunt Valley, Md.), reinforcing Kleinfelder’s commitment to improving U.S. infrastructure and strengthening its service offerings in the Mid-Atlantic region. Founded in 1953, Century’s engineering services include information and spatial solutions (GIS); water and environmental resources engineering and permitting; electric and gas utility engineering; land planning and site development engineering; and water/wastewater engineering and design. Century has 600 professionals across 18 offices in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and will be incorporated into Kleinfelder’s East Division business unit.


Tetra Tech announces record quarterly results

Tetra Tech Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.) announced record, net revenue, earnings and backlog for the fourth quarter ended October 3, 2021. Revenue in the fourth quarter totaled $892 million, up 18% year-over-year; backlog was a record $3.48 billion, up 7% year-over-year and sequentially. In an earnings call, Chairman and CEO Dan Batrack noted that state and local revenues were up organically 30% from the fourth quarter of last year, while work for U.S. federal clients was up 11% driven by an increase in climate change-related services and advanced analytics for clients. U.S. commercial revenue rose 8% compared to last year’s fourth quarter, with environmental permitting, regulatory-driven programs and renewable energy services contributing. The fastest-growing client sector in the quarter was International, which saw revenue up 35%, reflecting the addition of Tetra Tech’s high performance buildings group in the United Kingdom, Hoare Lea, in the fourth quarter; the rest of the firm’s international work grew 24% year on year with the expansion of broad-based sustainable infrastructure programs in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Tetra Tech also reported record revenue for fiscal 2021 of $3.21 billion and net revenue of $2.55 billion.


Black & Veatch announces new client-focused structure

Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kansas) announced a new leadership team and operational structure in response to sustainability-driven global trends such as electrification, decarbonization, digitization and resilience that are reshaping infrastructure markets. Each market sector will be underpinned by a cross-company operations group to provide access to resources and expertise throughout the company, with a new global strategic growth organization centered on innovation, strategic advisory services and sustainability. B&V’s traditional core business also has been transformed into three global client-focused businesses: Connectivity and Commercial, Energy and Process Industries, and Governments and Environment, in addition to a regional business focused on the Asia Pacific and India. Steve Edwards, CEO of Black & Veatch, described the changes as “the next step in delivering greater levels of adaptability, service and value.”


Stantec-Atkins-Dewberry to support national flood mapping and risk mitigation for FEMA

As part of the Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction II (STARR II) Joint Venture, Stantec (Edmonton, Canada) has been selected by FEMA to provide engineering and technical services for the National Flood Insurance Program under a five-year contract valued at up to US$300 million. STARR II will support the agency’s Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) program in FEMA Regions 8, 9, and 10. Projects will include regional flood hazard modeling, floodplain mapping, and flood management services. The goal is to increase community resilience against future disasters. Stantec, along with STARR II partners Atkins and Dewberry, have supported FEMA’s Risk MAP program since 2009.


Jacobs reports fiscal fourth quarter results

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Dallas) announced revenue of $3.6 billion in fiscal fourth quarter ended October 1, 2021, up 1.9% year-over-year; pro forma net revenue was up 6%, and backlog increased 12% to $26.6 billion. In an earnings call, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Demetriou noted that Jacobs is in the final stages of completing its new strategy. One key initiative has been to align investment resources to capture three multi-decade growth opportunities: global infrastructure modernization, climate response and the digitization of industry. Jacobs announced the creation of an Office of Global Climate Response and ESG in November to deliver on the company’s commitments to climate change. “Annually, we generate approximately $5 billion of ESG-related revenue and expect to grow significantly over the next several years driven by strong capability and energy transition, decarbonization, climate adaptation and natural resource stewardship,” said Demetriou.


Parsons wins $49 million contract for army environmental remediation

Parsons Corporation (Centreville, Va.) has been awarded a potential five-year $49-million contract to investigate and remediate contamination at Military Munitions Response Program and Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste sites. The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) multiple award task order contract was issued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District. Parsons will support a wide range of environmental services at formerly used defense sites located primarily in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Environmental remediation is an expanding area within Parsons’ extensive environmental, social, and governance portfolio.


MRFs report recyclables volume down in 2020

Recycling Today’s 2021 Map & List of North America’s Largest MRFs (materials recovery facilities) shows that the 75 largest MRFs in North America shipped nearly 5.8 million tons of recyclables in 2020, down from nearly 8.2 million tons in 2018. With more people working from home during pandemic, MRF operators and haulers saw an increase in residential generation but a decline in commercial volumes as businesses locked down. Although inbound residential tons increased for a number of MRF operators, some reported that residue rates were up, which could have affected the tons of recyclables shipped by MRFs, Recycling Today noted. The top five largest MRFs ranked by Recycling Today were: Sims Municipal Recycling (Brooklyn, N.Y.), GFL Environmental (Toronto, Canada), Waste Management Inc. (Hodgkins, Ill.), Republic Services (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Waste Management Inc. (Hopkins, Minn.).


Mason, Bruce & Girard to merge with Barnes & Associates

Mason, Bruce & Girard Inc. (MB&G, Portland, Ore.) is acquiring the natural resource management firm Barnes & Associates (Roseburg, Ore.) effective January 1, 2022.
More than 10 employees will join the MB&G team, bringing in new forest management business, expanding MB&G’s land management capabilities, and increasing the company’s consulting work for small to midsize forest landowners throughout Oregon. “Our unified company brings two great forestry teams together to create a top land management and consulting group,” said Roger Lord, president of MB&G. Founded in 1921, MB&G focuses on forestry, environmental and geospatial services.


TruHorizon acquires Phase Engineering

TruHorizon Environmental Solutions (Weatherford, Texas) has acquired Phase Engineering Inc. (Houston), an environmental engineering and consulting firm serving clients throughout the United States. Founded in 1993, Phase has provided over 20,000 environmental and property condition assessments to commercial lenders, real estate developers, property owners, companies, and other organizations. “This transaction represents an excellent strategic opportunity for TruHorizon as we continue to expand our environmental consulting business,” said CEO Michael W. Harlan. “We plan to expand both the geographic reach and services offered by Phase during the coming months.” TruHorizon is a full-service environmental services company with operations in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Texas.


American Geotechnics to join Shannon & Wilson

American Geotechnics (Boise, Idaho) will be joining Shannon & Wilson (Seattle, Wash.) in January 2022, adding geotechnical engineering and materials testing services throughout Idaho and further afield. Founded in 2001, American Geotechnics serves government agencies and private clients, including airports, railroads, and utilities. The company also has branch offices in Idaho Falls and Coeur d’Alene. Founded in 1954, Shannon & Wilson is an employee-owned consultancy offering geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, and environmental and natural resource services. The firm has grown to more than 300 employees in 13 offices nationwide.


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