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Cascade Environmental (Woodinville, Wash.) for expanding its business to provide integrated environmental investigation, characterization and remediation services. Launched in 2016, Cascade Technical Services (CTS) works closely with the consulting community, providing innovative solutions to meet remediation objectives. Cascade's team of environmental experts uses sophisticated data acquisition technologies for site investigation and characterization as well as a broad range of in situ and ex situ remediation technologies. CTS specializes in complex sites where remediation objectives are not expected to be achieved within a reasonable time frame and often require extensive resources. In its first year, Cascade secured over $14.5 million in complex site projects demonstrating strong market demand for an innovative approach to complex sites.

AECOM (Los Angeles, Calif.) for expanding its Technical Practice Network to include a CCR Groundwater Remediation Technical Practice Group (CCR GR TPG) following the implementation of the USEPA Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule. The USEPA estimates groundwater remediation costs for coal fired power plant operators under this program at $690 million. The CCR Rule requires monitoring well networks and background groundwater data collection evaluation by October 2017, and many CCR sites will potentially need Corrective Action. AECOM's CCR GR TPG is comprised of over 350 internal experts and a variety of external experts to establish a broad-based and solution-focused foundation. Efforts have included evaluation of laboratory techniques and protocols, statistical tools evaluations, data visualization and coordination with vendors in the development of innovative remedial additives for permanent groundwater solutions.

Groundwater & Environmental Services Inc. (GES, Wall Township, N.J.) for a new ecological services practice that augments the firm's capabilities for its core oil & gas and energy market sectors. The practice was jump-started through the acquisition of KBA Enviroscience Ltd., (Lewisville, Texas). The transaction adds to GES's capabilities in natural resources, NEPA, and related permitting and compliance services, including ecological risk assessments, protected species surveys, biological assessments, cultural resources, and environmental protection plans. GES can now self-perform a wide range of wetland delineation, permitting, and construction support services along with ecological restoration and mitigation bank plans. The company is building its practice in strategic geographies to support its clients' plans for pipeline construction and infrastructure improvements.

CH2M (Denver, Colo.) for developing a new Valuing Nature (VN) practice, a global initiative in which a broad range of A&E, consulting and design services are viewed through a natural resources lens to deliver financial benefits, greater environmental stewardship, and reduced operational risk to clients. Valuing Nature identifies opportunities to reduce resource use, avoid environmental impacts, protect and enhance ecosystems, sustain access to resources, harness nature's power, and strengthen stakeholder relations across a wide range of projects. To optimize return on investment, multi-disciplinary, synergistic teams of engineers, scientists and economists apply a "sized for the job" approach using a toolkit that includes screening protocols, cost-benefit analysis, opportunity checklists, and optimization software. To accelerate internal integration and external adoption, CH2M has established a relationship with the Wildlife Habitat Council, a non-profit conservation organization with a membership of Fortune 500 companies.