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Inspections at a Glance

- Thursday, December 17, 2015

Storm water discharges from construction activities can significantly impact water quality. In layman’s terms, as storm water flows over a construction site, it can pick up pollutants like debris, sediment and chemicals and transport them to nearby storm sewer systems or directly into lakes, rivers or coastal waters. Having your site inspected weekly and immediately after a storm event can help control pollutants in storm water discharges and can help you stay compliant with regulatory requirements.

What do inspections accomplish?

  • Inspections help assure that the required BMPs have been installed on the site.
  • Inspections identify if a BMP requires maintenance (i.e. are the perimeter controls, like silt fence, adequately installed and undamaged by construction activity).
  • Inspections help identify whether or not recent construction activity has changed the grading of the site and therefore created a need for new or different control measures.

 

Austin inspector Andrew inspects rock gabions on a White Construction jobsite immediately following a major rain event.

  • Inspections identify if discharge points are free of sediment deposits.
  • Inspections identify if the construction entrance/exit is preventing sediment from being tracked into the street.
  • Inspections identify whether or not washout facilities are available, clearly marked and maintained.

 

These are just a few of the things our inspectors look for when inspecting a construction site, all of which is done in an effort to meet regulatory guidelines. After an inspection, our inspectors consult with the Superintendent or Project Manager to discuss the needs of the jobsite. Inspection notes and recommended maintenance, if any, is then recorded in the SWPPP book and reviewed by construction site management.

Austin inspector Micah walks a Structura jobsite in San Antonio.

What happens when environmental violations are found? TCEQ can explain: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/enforcement/process.html

Environmental Allies has the trained experts familiar with general storm water permits, ready to help you keep your site compliant. If you are looking for site inspections, detailed regular reports, or would like more information, please call 281-442-4112 or visit our website, www.environmentalallies.com.

 

Grand Opening of our New Building for Austin Market

Alex Hood - Wednesday, November 04, 2015

On Friday, October 9, Environmental Allies employees celebrated the grand opening of its Kyle, Texas office. To commemorate the opening, employees from our Houston headquarters were bused to Kyle (located south of Austin), to tour the new office and warehouse, enjoy a catered lunch and team building activities. An impromptu game of kickball even broke out among employees, pictured below.

  

Though this is a new office location, Environmental Allies has been operating in Austin and surrounding areas since 2006. As Environmental Allies has grown, so has the need for more office space and warehouse space for materials. This new location includes 12,000 square footage of storage space for materials and vehicles, renovated office space for staff and an additional 1.5 acres for future growth. “Having this storage space and materials on hand allows us to mobilize on any size project with very short notice”, said General Manager Jimmy King.The Austin team is pictured below.

 

Environmental Allies is committed to providing the best service possible to its central and south Texas clients. By having a new centralized location for central Texas operations and staff, Environmental Allies can better support its clients. For more information about our services, please view our homepage or contact us at info@environmentalallies.com or by calling 281-442-4112

​ Introducing our New Website!

Alex Hood - Monday, September 14, 2015

Introducing our New Website!

It’s with much excitement that we unveil our new website to the world today! Aside from an updated look, the new Environmental Allies website now features our separate divisions and provides new resources, making it easier for you to better understand our wide range of capabilities. We’ve also added a Leadership tab to enable our stake holders to learn about the team. With this update you will now see the new and exciting things happening at Environmental Allies as we share with you the fun things we’re up to as a firm. If you haven't already, we invite you to follow us on Twitter @EA_SWPPP where you’ll be able to keep up with our fast-paced company. We think you’ll like the new look and we’re sure you’ll like the improved navigation and fresher information.

Team EA!