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Since our founding in 2010, ECS has completed more than 180 project spanning from the Gulf Coast to California.  This work has included a diverse array of services. Cultural resource projects have ranged from inventories to mitigative documentation to preparation of NRHP nominations and determinations of eligibility to preparation . Environmental projects include various NEPA documents, biological modeling studies, groundwater testing, and GIS-based fire studies. Staffing in the past three years alone has involved multiple positions for Colorado BLM; technical support for tribal cultural resource efforts in South Dakota; and senior level cultural resource compliance expertise for the Deepwater Horizon cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico.  The following represent a sample of representative projects. To request additional project descriptions or a comprehensive list of company work please the additional information link below.

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Sample Projects

Deepwater Horizon Section 106 Response Team, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi

ECS was contracted by the National Park Service Southeast Archaeological Center to provide the US Coast Guard with qualified staffing for Section 106 compliance activities associated with the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Four positions were required and included Tribal Coordinator, Tribal Liaison, SHPO Liaison, and Lead Ethnographer. The project provided compliance support for the entire response area that covered the length of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida. ECS’ main goal was to facilitate completion of numerous tasks to wrap up a four-year undertaking managed under Section 106 Emergency Procedures. This required coordination with numerous federal agencies and ethnographic communities across region. Tasks include:

 

• Ethnographic and Traditional Cultural Properties review support

• Archaeological compliance review support

• Weekly and monthly project reporting

• Assistance with planned final reports for all compliance activities completed within the four-state region during the course of the clean-up effort

 

ECS also provided value added independent compliance review for draft cultural resource and TCP reports completed by subconsultants for NPS and the Coast Guard. NPS expressed appreciation for ECS providing the report services and noted that our comments were consistent with both internal and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation document review. This contract was terminated early, upon completion of all project tasks, and scale down/close out of activities by the Coast Guard in the Spring of 2015.

Conservation Activities for USACE, Albuquerque District

ECS is under contract to USACE Albuquerque District to provide one of their federal facility clients large scale cultural resource inventory services in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (36 CFR 800). ECS’ main goal was to perform pedestrian archaeological inventory of 12,000 acres of multiple outlying ranges while also relocating and re-recording previously recorded isolated finds and sites within the designated areas. This work was undertaken in areas of extreme terrain and weather conditions in Southern Arizona and required complicated (and constant) range coordination. All project staff also had to pass background tests and complete ECS managed (and USACE approved) safety training.

 

Fieldwork was completed between January and July of 2016 and was undertaken in multiple locations spanning an area of more than 1,000 square miles in two counties. In order to facilitate efficient completion of field tasks, ECS employed a variable size crew ranging from three to eight personnel. ECS supervisors also coordinated daily with client personnel regarding range access and safety requirements.  Because of crew safety considerations identified by ECS in consultation with the client, our efforts were relocated on several occasions during the course of the work. Running acreage were relayed regularly to the client to allow for full allocation of survey acreage within the known range limitations. In total, more than 90 archaeological sites and 1,000 isolated occurrences were recorded during field efforts. Results were contracted to be presented to two reports. The first report has been completed. According to USACE, this report was approved with no comments by Arizona SHPO. The second report is currently being prepared.

Operations and Maintenance of Domestic GAC Systems and Monitoring of Domestic Wells,

F.E. Warren Air Force Base Former Atlas “D” Missile Site 4, Laramie County, Wyoming

ECS was contracted by USACE, Omaha District to perform groundwater monitoring of domestic wells and Operation and Maintenance of USACE installed granulated activated charcoal treatment systems at FE Warren Air Force Base’s former Atlas “D” Missile Site. This is a base plus four contract. Option Year 1 has been completed and Option Year 2 is 65% completed. Contract value with all options: $242,302. Work is performed in accordance with CERCLA, SARA, and RCRA and follows the requirements of the NCP.

 

In base year, activities included well water sampling, chemical analysis of volatile organic compounds, and replacement of granulated activated charcoal. Option Year 1 activities only included sampling and analysis. Additional services completed under a separate contract included cultural resource inventory of additional well locations.  This was undertaken to facilitate ongoing compliance with 36 CFR 800.  This task was completed in 2016 and was approved with no agency comments.

 

Project challenges consisted of handling, transporting, and disposing of tested samples in accordance with Investigative Derived Waste procedures; transporting samples daily to testing facility from a remote setting; and processing utility reimbursement for wells on private property. ECS personnel have worked closely with the USACE to assure property access on reoccurring schedule, and expedite sampling, analysis, and reporting.  All work has been completed on schedule and has met client expectations.

USFS Region 2 Cultural Resource Services IDIQ

ECS has been under contract since 2014 to provide cultural resource services to USFS Region 2. Although the contract was originally setup for work in San Juan National Forest, it has been expanded to include all Region 2 forests and grasslands.  The IDIQ consists of projects of various sizes that have a quick turnaround time and are completed via a unit pricing model. Projects have also been undertaken simultaneously in multiple forests and have involved coordinating with cultural resource and range personnel in each location. Finally, work has covered a wide variety of terrain and has involved rugged, remote settings that require four-wheel drive and pedestrian access. ECS has worked closely with agency personnel to coordinate and expedite tasks and has employed an aggressive QA program to ensure both quality and cost efficiency.  Tasks have included:

 

• Class I, II, and III cultural resource survey investigations, ranging in size from 15 to 2,200 acres.

• More than 14,000 acres of inventory under this contract in 2016 alone; Total acreage over 25,000 to date.

• Re-evaluations of numerous prehistoric and historic sites.

• National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) evaluations of more than 150 resources.

• Mitigative documentation of six forest historic resources, and architectural stabilization at two eligible sites.

 

Demonstration of the quality of our work includes praise from both USFS and SHPO personnel, renewal for three years (to date) and the extension of the contract to cover additional locations and services.

National Register Nomination and Determination of Eligibility Documentation for

GSA Federal Centers in Cheyenne, Wyoming Bismarck, North Dakota

ECS was contracted by the General Services Administration to prepare a formal National Register Nomination and Determination of Eligibility documentation for the Joseph C. O’Mahoney Federal Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming and National Register Determination of Eligibility for William L. Guy Federal Building, Bismarck, North Dakota.  Tasks included: historic research and site visits. supervision of qualified historic subconsultant; National Register nomination preparation, Determination of Eligibility preparation.  Challenges included: limited access to secure facilities; expedited project schedule to accommodate GSA needs; and conflicting perspectives within the agency regarding the end goals of the efforts.  Our staff worked with GSA to resolve potential reporting inconsistencies that would have resulted from the conflicting comments from reviewers and produced all deliverables to agency satisfaction.  ECS has subsequently completed an additional historic building survey for the City of Cheyenne near the Joseph C. O’Mahoney Federal Center.

Bureau of Land Management Faded Midget Rattlesnake Modeling

ECS is contracted by the Colorado BLM to produce a habitat and range model for the Midget Faded Rattlesnake. The project was led by the leading herpetologist on these specific snakes, Dr. Joshua Parker. The study included:  completion of biological fieldwork in nine counties in Colorado; completion of GIS modeling of snake denning and range behaviors; production of a report of findings; comparisons to results of modeling effort from this investigation and those done in the previous five years in Wyoming. ECS staff also collaborated with the Orianne Society to complete the investigations. BLM approved the report of findings with no revisions.

Bureau of Land Management Records Management Support, Lakewood, CO

ECS is under contract to the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado District, to provide qualified staffing for ongoing records management activities associated with the operation of their Lakewood Office. ECS includes industry-recognized and experienced specialist that has previous experience with all key programs and systems necessary to perform the tasks presented in the Scope of Work, including CBS, Google Mail, LR2000, DOI Learn, Electronic Records Archive (ERA), and Automated Records Center Information System (ARCIS).

Tasks include:

• Control and maintain administrative records including directives, correspondence, forms, and publications maintained in Central Files and Library Weekly and monthly project reporting.

• Since the position requires access to sensitive data, staff maintain a Federal government-issued personal identification card. This required background screening.

• Assist and provide guidance to other organizations within Colorado’s jurisdiction to ensure they are filing, retaining, and disposing of records in a proper and timely manner according to recordkeeping practices.

• Ensure directives, correspondence, and other similar records are prepared and issued in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations.  Distribute all directives and posts Colorado directives to web pages and applicable personnel.

USFS Pike & San Isabel National Forest Fire Management Guide

ECS was contracted by USDA Forest Service, Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Comanche and Cimarron Grasslands (PSICC), to provide qualified staffing to develop a GIS-enabled operational guide for the management of wildland and prescribe fires within the lands that the PSICC manages. ECS employed an on-call industry-recognized and experienced specialist who had previous experience crafting numerous fire management guides throughout the Rockies. The emphasis of the guide was to provide a process for decision-making for determining the response to all fires on the PSICC. Tasks included in the Fire Response Guide:

 

• Multiple on-site visits to collaborate with Forest fire personnel.

• Integration of over 15 forest values from Erosion Risk to Safety Hazards (Hazmat & Mine Sites).

• Delineation of fire danger rating areas which comply with NWCG NFDRS Weather Station Standards (PMS 426-3).

• Determining fire business and adjective fire danger rating break points using the Weather Information Management System (WIMS), National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS), FireFamily Plus software, and by analyzing historical weather and fire occurrence data.

• Identifying seasonal risk analysis criteria and establishing general fire severity thresholds.

• Identifying season-ending (and fire-slowing) events using the Term module of the Rare Event Risk Assessment Process (RERAP).

• Ranking analysis of values at risk categorized as (Minimal, Moderate, Elevated)

 

This  project was completed on-time and within budget and the deliverables were praised by PSICC personnel.

Colorado BLM Solar Energy Zone Cultural Resource Support

Colorado BLM has proposed an approximately 9,000 acre area in southern Colorado as a target area for future solar array development.  ECS has been under to BLM since 2015 to conduct annual cultural resource inventories for this project. These inventories will be scheduled over several years as funding becomes available. To date ECS has completed a cultural resource overview and approximately 2,000 acres of intensive survey.  This has documented an array of primarily historic period resources, including an apparent historic ranching landscape and possible element of a colonial Spanish trail.  ECS reports have been completed on expedited schedules and all deliverables have been approved Colorado BLM and Colorado SHPO has concurred with recommendations.

Espinoza Consulting Services is a Colorado registered trade name for Espinoza Cultural Services, LLC.

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