MWD Pipeline Rehabilitation

  • Market:
  • Services: Environmental Services
  • Client: Black & Veatch
  • County: Orange, Los Angeles
  • Location: Various

UltraSystems conducted an environmental review to identify significant hazardous material issues that could affect the construction, feasibility, and cost of proposed rehabilitation of an underground Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipeline (PCCP) along 29.7 miles of the Second Lower Feeder from the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Robert Diemer Water Treatment Plant (Yorba Linda) in Orange County to the Palos Verdes Reservoir (Rolling Hills Estates) in Los Angeles County, California. UltraSystems researched and reviewed federal and California regulatory agency database information regarding (1) past owners, occupants and activities up to ¼ mile on each side of the alignment, (2) National Priority List (Superfund) sites within one mile of the alignment, and (3) aerial photographs to assess known or suspected past activities that could adversely affect proposed rehabilitation along the pipeline alignment. Following the review, UltraSystems completed site visits to specific areas of environmental concern to identify and resolve access issues for future environmental field sampling. UltraSystems prepared a detailed workplan and costs to install exploratory borings as near as feasible to proposed excavations to collect representative samples for potential contaminants that may be encountered. Two-inch diameter groundwater monitoring piezometers were recommended within or near four excavations east of the Los Angeles River and one excavation east of the Dominguez Channel to monitor temporal changes in groundwater levels and contaminant concentrations that may impact PCCP rehabilitation in areas of broad shallow contamination. The report and workplan were accepted by the MWD. The project was completed on time and within budget.

“I will personally make sure that the hard work and effort that UltraSystems has shown with the expedited San Diego Creek request is reflected in the scoring/evaluation, and that UltraSystems will definitely move up in the ranking.”

– Vinh Tran, P.E., Civil Engineer
Project Management, RDMD
County of Orange

“Betsy, indeed it was a pleasure working with you and the staff of UltraSystems over the last three years.  You folks did a very good job for us under the ENO70 contract.  You were always very responsive, technically proficient and reasonable in costs.  You have played a major role in facilitating Metro's construction program.  I will look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the future.”

– Carl Peter Ripaldi
Principal Environmental Specialist
Metropolitan Transportation Authority

“I really appreciate the hard work and the quality of work that you and your staff at UltraSystems do.  Over the past few years, I have been very impressed with UltraSystems' work ethics, comprehensiveness, thoroughness of documents, and responsiveness to clients' and communities' needs.”

– Dr. Robert Manford, Ph. D, REA
Senior Planner, Environmental Review Unit
Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles

“Throughout the years and the numerous projects that you and your staff have worked on for our Department, it has always been a great working relationship.  I genuinely respect your technical knowledge and professionalism in the outstanding work that was provided.  I look forward to continued success in working together on future projects.”

– Sarah D. Scott
Programs Development Division
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

“This message is to convey my sincere gratitude to UltraSystems during the processing of the additional CEQA environmental documentation for the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Los Angeles County.  You and your staff were always professional, knowledgeable, and timely in the assistance you brought to the preparation of a circulated Addendum to both the City of Los Angeles and the County for previous EIRs on the landfill, a very controversial project.”

– Daryl Koutnik
Managing Principal, Biological Sciences, Supervising Regional Planning
LA County Department of Regional Planning

“With the large-scale project and the monitoring effort necessary to comply with state and local requirements as well as standard construction monitoring issues, UltraSystems was able to react quickly to the project’s needs with augmented staff as necessary.”

– Gary Sycalik
Resident Engineer, Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Project Phase 7
KDG Development & Construction Consulting

“Once provided with the Notice to Proceed, UltraSystems performed their environmental services with minimal technical direction.  All work was performed as required in a method that promoted accuracy, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness, and timely Caltrans approval for projects with Federal Funding.”

– Bill Zimmerman, P.E., T.E., PTOE
President
W.G. Zimmerman Engineering

“Not only has the performance of work been outstanding, I personally have found the staff with UltraSystems to be very pleasant and easy to work with.  I would highly recommend the services of UltraSystems to other agencies.”

– Cary Brockman
Director, Facilities Planning
Capistrano USD

Project: Narco Channel Report, “I find the report exciting, fascinating and awesome.”

– Rory Paster
Permit Manager, Regulatory Permits Section
OC Public Works

“I want to take my hat off to you and your team.  Completing these reports and submitting them on time is a huge milestone for our entire Anaheim to Los Angeles team!”

 David M. Thomson, PE
Vice President
STV Incorporated

“It was a pleasure working with UltraSystems on the Arlington Heights Sports Park environmental process.  Your professionalism, responsiveness and technical proficiency was a great asset in helping the City of Riverside complete the initial study, MND, and other CEQA documentation.  We look forward to working with you in the future.”

– Randy McDaniel
Project Manager, Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department
City of Riverside

“UltraSystems participated in a flawless job in preparing an impenetrable (by legal action) CEQA document for the Sunshine Canyon Landfill project in the County of Los Angeles.”

– Daryl Koutnik
Supervising Regional Planning, Impact Analysis Section
Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

“You did an excellent job protecting the public's interest and University's concern with costs.”

– Steinar Sire
University of California, Irvine

“UltraSystems has consistently performed at a very high level, producing work of the highest caliber.  We have found them to approach their work with a positive “can-do” attitude.  For the AMLI Uptown Orange project, UltraSystems prepared a thorough MND under extreme time pressures without sacrificing quality or detail.”

– Mark Hickner, AICP
Planning and Entitlement Director
KTGY Group, Inc.

“Thank you for putting together the “Jurisdictional Waters and Upland Habitats Impact Table” for the Huntington Bridges Preventive Maintenance Project.  I thought it was very well thought out and very easy to understand – even for an engineer!  Thank you for your perseverance on this project.”

– Jonathan Claudio
Project Engineer
City of Huntington Beach

“Your staff was diligent and consciences in completing the scope of work on time and within budget.  The IUSD thanks UltraSystems for your effort and professionalism.”

– Ana Gonzalez
Supervisor, Facilities Planning
Irvine USD

“The work UltraSystems provided was delivered and completed in a professional manner, on time and within budget.  Their efforts and service were greatly appreciated, and the District would be most receptive to future opportunities to do business with them again.”

– Keith Matsuo
Director, Facilities & Construction
Alhambra USD

“To date, we have retained UltraSystems as an environmental consultant on high profile projects, and will continue to do so as we are confident in their technical abilities and knowledge.”

– Cary Brockman
Director, Facilities Planning
Capistrano USD

“The rigorous environmental and regulatory planning and permitting procedure is much more manageable with UltraSystems’ participation and guidance.”

– Rory Paster
Environmental Engineering Specialist, Projects & Regulatory Permits Unit
OC Public Works

“UltraSystems played a crucial role in obtaining a conditional use permit…in a timely, cost effective and professional manner.”

– Michael Francis
Attorney at Law
Demetriou, Del Guercio, Springer & Francis, LLP

“UltraSystems’ staff is professional, provides reports in a timely manner, and is responsive to any inquires or requests from City and County staff.”

– Maria Masis, AICP
Supervising Planner
LA County Regional Planning

“The City of Dana Point has enjoyed a positive working relationship with UltraSystems over the last several years.  UltraSystems demonstrated both professionalism and responsiveness to City staff throughout the duration of the project.  Ultimately, a very comprehensive and defensible EIR was produced, which was well received within the community.”

– Erica Demkowicz, AICP
Senior Planner
City of Dana Point

“Caltrans District 12 environmental reviewer seemed favorably impressed with your work, and specifically asked me for the name of the consultant who prepared the PES.  So yes, I think we would very much like to work with your organization again.”

– Sean Nazarie, P.E.
Director of Engineering
CNC Engineering

“For each of these tasks, your staff was responsive to our needs, and completed quality work in an efficient and professional manner.  The dedication and work effort to accommodate the District schedules and deadlines are much appreciated.  Each task was completed with the approved budgets.”

– John Eclevia
Director, FMOT
Los Alamitos USD

“Professional service to address immediate needs onsite.  Excellent services; would use again in the future.”

– Steven Ross
Project Manager
Everstrong Construction

“I have always been very happy with the services by UltraSystems to our Planning Group here at Willdan.  We will certainly keep you at the top of the list of biological resources subconsultants (although we know you have service capabilities in many additional areas).”

– Dean Sherer, AICP, ENV SP
Director of Planning
Willdan Engineering

“Contractor attentive to on-the-ground requirements, committed to avoiding concerns related to habitat sensitivity, application of pesticides, etc.  Public outreach component was well executed and helped to avoid potential issues.”

– Daniel Sulzer
Assistant Chief, Planning Division
CPARS–USACE