ECT provided oversight and managed construction activities, including removing Alcott Street dam, restoring Portage Creek, and documenting the project’s progression. The project is expected to restore natural resources and improve the habitat along a portion of Portage Creek and allow fish to swim through the former dam area.

ECT’s Michael T. Hebert, CPG, CHMM, P.G., CUSTP, served as project manager. He led ECT’s multidisciplinary team, including Jim Kralik, Paul Meyer, CPG, P.G., CUSTP, and Craig Simon from ECT’s Site Assessment & Remediation (SAR) service line, and Tonya Hunter, LLA, CA, from ECT’s Natural Resources service line.

“The Alcott Dam Removal and Portage Creek Restoration project consisted of removing a dam structure, which was under structural failure, relocating Portage Creek, and restoring more than a third of mile of Portage Creek. The entire project was situated within a designated Superfund Area,” said Hebert.

The Alcott Street Dam was located immediately south of the Alcott Street Bridge, between South Burdick Street and Portage Street, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The area was part of the designated Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund study area and has several recognized areas of concerns as a direct result of historical releases of polychlorinated-biphenyls from former paper mill operations to the area’s watershed. The natural resource damage to Portage Creek extended upstream of the dam from Cork Street to Alcott Street.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Land and Water Management Division designated the Alcott Street Dam a high-risk hazard/structure and recommended removing the dam structure and restoring Portage Creek for the future well-being of the environment and local community. As a result, MDEQ’s Remediation and Redevelopment Division (RRD) commissioned ECT to provide oversight and manage construction activities, including removing Alcott Street dam, restoring Portage Creek, and documenting the project’s progression.

“The project was completed within the contracted timeframe and under budget. Without direct support from MDEQ, the project goals would have been impossible to achieve. As the onsite representative for the State of Michigan, ECT appreciates the support MDEQ provided throughout the project,” said Hebert. “I sincerely appreciate the efforts of the MDEQ and ECT staff that worked directly and indirectly on this project. Their collaboration made my part of the project manageable during times when minor modifications were made to achieve the goals that best protected the well-being of our great state.”

Project Manager Mr. Michael T. Hebert, CPG, CHMM, P.G., CUSTP

Mr. Hebert has 29 years of experience providing technical input and oversight on a variety of environmental disciplines. These disciplines are directly related to building/facility inspections, demolition (industrial/commercial/residential), asbestos/nonhazardous/hazardous waste(s) abatement, underground storage tank management programs, Toxic Substances Control Act/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act/Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, waste management, site investigations, universal waste inventory, state and federally regulated closures, site remediation activities, treatment system design/construction/operations and maintenance, engineering specification design, environmental statutory compliance, real estate transfer services, environmental health issues, and site redevelopment.

Mr. Hebert has more than 17 years of technical and administrative experience developing and executing environmental demolition and abatement bid specification packages. He has been developing specification packages (including contract and bidding requirement) for multiple state regulatory agencies, Michigan cities/brownfield redevelopment groups and private industries. In 2016, Mr. Hebert was appointed to the MDEQ-RRD Response Activity Review Panel.

Mr. Hebert is a manager within the SAR service line and is based in Lansing, Michigan.

About Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), serves private- and public-sector clients by integrating science, engineering, technology, planning and management systems to provide practical solutions to complex challenges. Founded in 1988, ECT’s corporate commitment of highly qualified, experienced professionals, empowers the company to consistently provide superior services within budget and on schedule. We enjoy a well-deserved reputation as trusted strategic advisers to a host of market-leading clients in pivotal components of the economy. Our clients operate in an environment where the need to maintain and enhance their position and contribution to the economy is constantly being challenged by the increased pressure to use natural resources wisely. ECT is growing as clients increasingly request our considerable expertise, experience, and understanding of their business to help them with these challenges.