In addition to performing environmental site assessments, Westhorp & Associates provides environmental monitoring services for our clients when soil or water investigation is required. Soil and water investigations can help determine the existence or source of possible contamination at a project. Our personnel fully document daily activities through photographs and field notes in addition to performing field soil and water analysis. If necessary, Westhorp & Associates will collect and prepare soil and water samples for laboratory analysis at a state-certified environmental analytical laboratory. Our team has extensive experiences retrieving water samples from surface waters, groundwater wells, and drinking water locations; and soil samples from borings, excavations, and stockpiles. We submit the samples to local laboratories for analysis and raw data reporting so we can then analyze the data and provide our clients with detailed reports and our professional recommendation for moving forward with their projects.
In cases where environmental concerns are encountered, certain measures may be required while excavating or dewatering. Through the analysis of water samples, Westhorp & Associates can help determine whether or not groundwater pumped during dewatering activities requires treatment prior to discharging into the stormwater management system to prevent the spread of contaminants. Likewise, should the soil samples collected from an excavation be contaminated, many permitting agencies will not allow the soil to be reused as fill material and instead require that the soil be disposed of properly at a permitted landfill facility.
Aside from providing support during construction, Westhorp & Associates helps our clients comply with permit requirements by assisting them in developing and implementing monitoring programs for ongoing water and soil analysis. These programs are generally required by permitting agencies where environmental concerns are observed and we can help collect and analyze the data in order to identify and track any patterns which may be present. Projects with increased likelihood of monitoring requirements may include landfill construction or closure, fuel tank installation or removal, installation or use of groundwater wells for drinking or irrigation, or completion of soil and groundwater remediation. Westhorp & Associates works with our clients and the agencies to develop the best plan of action to contain or remedy any environmental concerns within a site to a point where no further action is required.