Neeta Elementary School

Medford Lakes, New Jersey
Environmental Permitting
(SIN 899-1 and 899-1 RC)

Brinkerhoff Environmental Services, Inc. was retained as an environmental consultant to the Borough of Medford Lakes Board of Education to work with the selected architectural firm and perform environmental evaluations of the Neeta Elementary School. The project involved an assessment of the Medford Lakes Schools to evaluate interior building conditions such as lead-based paint, asbestos-containing materials, mold, mildew, and other hazardous materials; PCBs and radioactive exit lights; ecological issues; and local constraints of building within the area to obtain regulatory approvals.

Ecological concerns were evaluated at each project site and areas within 300 feet, to identify freshwater wetlands, transition areas, and/or state open waters in accordance with the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act (N.J.A.C. 7:7A et. seq.) as administered by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. The Pinelands Commission recognizes the three-parameter approach to delineate wetlands defined in the 1989 Federal Manual for Identifying and Delineating Jurisdictional Wetlands and amended by the 1991 Pinelands Supplement. This evaluation included a field investigation to characterize soils, vegetation, and hydrology on and near the site, and flagging of the jurisdictional wetland boundary with consecutively numbered survey flags. Freshwater wetlands were delineated along the north-northeastern, south-southwestern property boundaries, as well as within the existing athletic field. The project was funded by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Brinkerhoff prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) in accordance with Executive Order 215, “Guidelines for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Assessment.” The EA consisted of a description of the proposed project, a description of the environment prior to implementation of the project, the probable environmental impact of the project if implemented, methods of mitigating adverse environmental impacts, avoidance of adverse environmental impacts, and alternatives to the proposed project. Brinkerhoff’s in-house CADD and GIS were used for field mapping and plotting of sample locations.

This project demonstrates Brinkerhoff’s ability to successfully work with other professionals to obtain regulatory approvals related to environmental issues at municipal and state levels. The project was completed by Brinkerhoff’s technical professionals to the satisfaction of the Board of Education within acceptable time frames.