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Melissa Smith
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
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Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031

EA Plays a Key Role in Award-Winning Steel Yard Renewal Project in Rhode Island

Hunt Valley, Maryland (20 July 2012)—EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (EA), a leading provider of interdisciplinary environmental services, announced today that the Steel Yard Renewal project in Providence, Rhode Island, was one of four conservation projects honored as Senator John H. Chafee Conservation Leadership Projects by the Environment Council of Rhode Island, which is the state’s affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. The award was conferred in a ceremony held in Providence.

The Steel Yard Renewal Project was a multi-year, $1.2 million Brownfield cleanup that was completed in late 2010. This project met the stringent preservation standards required of a National Historic Register site, and included an innovative design for passive, onsite stormwater management. As a result of this effort, 2 acres of once unusable land is now a public park, and home to over 100 trees, 0.5 acres of green space, and stormwater-managing wetland plants. The area is now available for concerts, art shows, and other community events.

EA Plays a Key Role in Award-Winning Steel Yard Renewal Project in Rhode Island
The Steel Yard Stormwater Basin

Photo source: EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.

“The professionalism and expertise that EA provided during this long and difficult process was crucial in bringing our site to regulatory closure,” noted Drake Patten, Executive Director of the Steel Yard. “Their ability to provide cost-effective solutions within our small budget allowed us to keep the process moving at all times, getting our project completed and accessible to our constituents. Our EA team members were not only consultants, but also teachers and partners. For us, the lay-client facing a huge learning curve, this was critical and much appreciated.”

“EA is pleased to have contributed to this milestone project which has been recognized by this prestigious environmental award,” said Richard Waterman, EA Vice President. “The success of this transformative effort stemmed from our collaborative relationship with the Steel Yard, which began in 2007 when EA supported the initial Brownfield grant. This relationship set the tenor for a truly cooperative effort among the stakeholders, allowing the project objectives to be efficiently met.”

Each year, the Environment Council of Rhode Island selects four projects to receive this award in recognition of their outstanding efforts to promote community sustainability through the conservation of natural resources. These projects are considered potential models for other local communities, providing significant benefits to the citizenry, ecological system, and natural resources throughout the state.

About EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.

EA provides environmental, compliance, natural resources, and infrastructure engineering and management solutions to a wide range of government and industrial clients. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, EA employs more than 400 professionals through a network of 21 offices across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. In business for more than 38 years, EA has earned an outstanding reputation for technical expertise, responsive service, and judicious use of client resources. For more information about EA, visit http://www.eaest.com.