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Reviewed 45 Parcels to Clear the Way to Start $351 Million Water Project

Project Background

Environmental Site Assessments for Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project

HVJ conducted environmental assessments before the start of the $351 Million Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project (LBITP). The project area extends from the Trinity River on the east in Liberty County to Luce Bayou in Harris County which provides water to Lake Houston. We performed multi-tract environmental assessment services quickly for the Coastal Water Authority (CWA) to keep the project on schedule and budget. 

Practice: Environmental Services

Sector: Water

Location: Harris and Liberty Counties, Texas

Services: Environmental Site Assessments

 

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The Problem

Completion of this project was vital to meeting City of Houston water needs and performing the environmental assessments was one of the first hurdles to cross for this critical project.

The Goal

  • Clear right-of-way tracts for development
  • Identify recognized environmental conditions adjacent to the rights-of-way that could potentially prevent timely construction.

Our Solution

HVJ Associates environmental personnel worked to identify recognized environmental conditions and possible legal or physical restrictions or limitations on or adjacent to all rights-of-way tracts. We worked to eliminate or minimize environmental concerns that could interfere with project development. We conducted environmental site assessments along and near 44,300 feet of the identified tract, in accordance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard Practice document E-1527-05, “Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process.”

The objectives of these studies were to determine whether recognized environmental conditions may be located on or near the project sites or on adjacent parcels that may lead to an environmental concern. Environmental field personnel surveyed the rights-of-way to identify the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substance or petroleum products on a property. Additionally, we worked to identify indications of an existing release, past release or material threat of release of any hazardous substances or petroleum products into structures on the property, the ground, groundwater or surface water of the property. 

The Results

  • For 45 parcels we concluded that there was no evidence of recognized environment conditions (REC) on or near the subject property. We found a low probability of an impact on the property due to dumping, hazardous waste sites, other petroleum contamination, landfills, and related regulated environmental sites. For all of the parcels, we recommend no further study or review of the subject properties for environmental issues.
  • For five of the 45 ESA parcels, we identified possible legal or physical restrictions or limitation on the use of, or access to, a site or facility. These limitations would help to eliminate or minimize potential exposures to chemicals of concern or to prevent activities that could interfere with the effectiveness of a response action known as activity and use limitations (AULs).

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