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The Cordova, Illinois cleaning is a unique event with many different groups working together along the Mississippi River.
Holland Engineering Biologist, Larissa Herrera, volunteered for the Cordova Mussel Event in Cordova, Illinois this summer. The event is sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers and has been taking place for over 15 years.
The goal is to clean zebra mussels, a damaging invasive, off the native freshwater mussels and assess the population of the federally endangered Higgins Eye Pearlymussel. Zebra mussels attach to any hard substrate to have a strong foothold where they can feed and grow. When densities of zebra mussels get high enough, they can kill the native mussels. Overall, the zebra mussel coverage was spotty throughout the Cordova mussel bed, and the native mussels with zebra mussels attached to them seemed to be doing well. Larissa holds a USFWS permit to survey and handle federally listed mussel species.
For more information about our mussel survey capabilities or our Environmental Services, please contact:
Environmental Services Group Manager
Sherry Slocum Environmental Services Group Manager
Holland Engineering recognizes the value of investing in the future of young industry professionals through our internship programs and our annual scholarship.
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throughout the energy, civil infrastructure, and government sectors, Holland Engineering has added two new team members to the Environmental Group. Each of them brings a diverse set of skills that will greatly benefit our clients.
Senior Project Manager/Consultant
Gary recently joined Holland Engineering after a long career in the Environmental Services Department at Consumers Energy Company, a combined electric and gas utility in Michigan and subsidiary of CMS Energy. His most recent position as Director of Environmental Services in the Land and Water Management area involved the supervision of staff engaged in the permitting and implementation of gas and electric projects and engagement in federal and state policy making.
He served on the policy committees of the Utility Water Act Group and the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (primarily in the coal ash regulatory area) and served as an advisor to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on coal ash regulatory and beneficial use matters. In Michigan, Gary served as the utility representative on former Governor Granholm’s Wetland Advisory Council and former MDEQ Director Wyant’s Water Use Advisory Council. He has also served on the MDEQ’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee and MDNR’s Michigan Natural Heritage Committee, Non-game Advisory Committee, and Citizen’s Endangered Species Advisory Committee. He has been a key player in Michigan legislative and rule making initiatives involving wetlands, inland lakes and streams, floodplains, water withdrawal, Clean Water Act compliance, industrial landfill regulation, and the beneficial use of industrial by-products and soils. He has also been a key player in fisheries, wildlife, and forestry aspects of FERC relicensing for 13 hydroelectric projects and the Ludington Pumped Storage Project.
Larissa Herrera recently joined Holland Engineering after working for an environmental consulting firm in Chicago. She has over eight years of experience in natural resource assessment including working in the private, federal, and university sectors. She has a Bachelor’s degree in biology and program in the environment from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her areas of expertise include fish, macroinvertebrate, and mussel surveys, anti-degradation analysis, tree surveys, wetland delineations, water quality, and wetland permitting. She is certified in the State of Ohio for mussel surveys including threatened and endangered species. She has a federal permit in progress for federally listed mussel species surveys. Larissa has experience in vegetation management in high-quality natural areas including habitat for threatened and endangered species.
Let us help you with any of your environmental group needs. Contact our Environmental Group Manager, Sherry Slocum, at sslocum@HollandEngineering.com or by calling (248) 827-7322.
Holland Engineering, Inc.’s Environmental Services Division has been busy this fall working with TransCanada’s Pipeline Company throughout Michigan. HEI’s Environmental staff have performed wetland delineations, stream assessments, threatened and endangered species assessments, wetland and stream restoration design, biological habitat assessments, unanticipated discovery plans, constructability and feasibility reviews for multiple anomaly dig sites and pipeline replacement projects. Our experienced staff has also been serving as Environmental Inspectors for construction activities; including daily reporting, contractor coordination, soil sampling, water sampling, asbestos sampling, compaction testing, agricultural inspection, archaeological inspection, and ensuring environmental compliance on the project site.
HEI has utilized its strong regulator relationships through coordination with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for soil erosion permits, wetlands permits, and hydrostatic water discharge and withdrawal permits to meet project schedules and demands. In addition, HEI obtained project clearances with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Section 106 with Michigan Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). These projects have been a collaborative effort between HEI’s Environmental Services, Surveying, and Engineering staff members providing TransCanada with a complete project team throughout project planning and construction.
For more information on HEI’s environmental services, contact Sherry Slocum, Manager of Environmental Services at 248.827.7322 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to announce that Nick J. Gressick, MS has joined Holland Engineering's Environmental Group as a Senior Biologist.
Nick has a comprehensive background in wetlands and aquatic ecology. He has worked extensively with the Michigan Nature Association and was a previous employee of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
He has expertise in plant identification including floristic quality assessments, vegetation identification, and mapping, wetland delineation and mitigation, restoration projects, biotic sampling (fish, insects, etc.), abiotic sampling, report writing, etc. Nick also teaches as an adjunct instructor at Grand Valley State University and Davenport University. He's taught various courses throughout his career, including Environmental Science, Ecology, Botany, Plants in the World, Biology, and more.
For more information on environmental services, contact our Environmental Group Manager, Sherry Slocum, at sslocum@HollandEngineering.com or by calling (248) 827-7322.
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