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In-Depth Environmental Site Assessments
Any time a company or individual purchases a piece of property for development, it is crucial they complete their due diligence in inspecting the land and assessing the environmental condition of the site.
At Leaaf, we routinely perform Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments (ESAs) for a wide range of clients to help them minimize their environmental risk. If these assessments reveal any environmental concerns, such as contaminated soil or groundwater from historical use of the site, we can suggest courses of action to minimize or eliminate those risks.
Beyond these ESAs, specific services we provide in this field include:
Environmental risk assessments
Soil and groundwater investigations
Brownfields and Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP)
Workplans (QAPP, HASP, CAP, etc.)
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) work
Records Search with Risk Assessment (RSRA)
Leaaf is highly knowledgeable in all these service areas, and is frequently sought out by both major companies and government agencies. We sit on the Louisiana Brownfields Association board, and have conducted assessments at numerous brownfields sites, as well as ESAs at former industrial sites.
Full Assessments of Work Sites
Phase I ESAs are the first step in analyzing a piece of property before development (or redevelopment) work can begin. These assessments begin with a visit to the site to observe both current and evidence of past uses of the property and any adjacent properties. Assessors also examine federal, state and local databases relating to storage tanks, hazardous substance storage and disposal and other historical records. The goal is to gather as much information as possible about the property prior to purchase to allow the client to make informed decisions regarding potential liabilities associated with past use.
Phase II ESAs are the next step after a Phase I ESA, if that Phase I assessment identified possible environmental concerns at a site that require further investigation. During a Phase II ESA, scientists test the soil, groundwater and/or soil gas to determine whether a property has been impacted by past uses, and to potentially determine a scope of work moving forward.
Jennifer Lindquist is a Professional Geologist who has worked in the environmental industry since 1990 and is Leaaf’s Soil and Groundwater Division Manager.
Jennifer previously worked for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality as Water Quality Standards Coordinator and has been consulting since 2003. She has over 25 years of experience in the environmental field conducting research, regulatory compliance and enforcement, planning, coordination, and consulting services on federal and state regulatory compliance issues for numerous governmental and private clients in several states. While she has experience in numerous aspects of environmental consulting, Jennifer’s personal interests are in Brownfields redevelopment and sediment quality. Jennifer has extensive experience working with private entities, as well as state and federal government, on both types of projects. Jennifer holds Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Geology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science.
Ms. Jessica Rury, AICP is an experienced environmental services professional having obtained Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies Planning and Management and Wetland Scien
Ms. Jessica Rury, AICP is an experienced environmental services professional having obtained Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies Planning and Management and Wetland Science from Louisiana State University. Ms. Rury received Certified Planner designation from the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2016. As an environmental scientist providing environmental consulting services for over 15 years, she has performed various environmental permitting, risk-based assessments, groundwater remediation and consulting services. Ms. Rury’s project management experience includes Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), GIS map production, wetland delineations, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) studies, environmental permitting, and Risk Evaluation/Corrective Action Program investigations and evaluations. Her specialties include due diligence, risk assessments, NEPA studies, and the Brownfields Program. Ms. Rury is a graduate of Dale Carnegie Leadership Course, Barton Leadership Course, and APA-Leadership Course. She regularly participates in both internal and external leadership and professional development courses. Ms. Rury has been involved with multiple organizations including the Louisiana Water Environment Association, Greater Baton Rouge Panhellenic Alumni Association, Forum 35, Of Moving Colors Production Company, Capitol Section of the Louisiana Chapter of Americana Planning Association, and the Louisiana Brownfields Association. When Jessica isn’t serving her community through these organizations, she spends her free time crafting, reading, baking, writing short stories, and brunching.
Kelly Caris joined Leaaf in 2014 as an environmental scientist and has gained extensive experience conducting Environmental Site Assessments in the Greater New Orleans area and surrounding Gulf States.
In 2018, Kelly returned to Ohio where her family resides. From there, Kelly supports the Soil and Groundwater Division conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessments, and by conducting extensive historic and regulatory research. Kelly has undergone a variety of training programs and has additional experience identifying environmental concerns relating to Indoor Air Quality, Water Quality, Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulatory compliance, Vapor Encroachment, and Hazardous Materials. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s of Science. degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology and served as an AmeriCorps member with the Ohio Stream Restore Corps. Kelly’s passion for the environment is complemented by her hometown, Cleveland, Ohio, which sparked a national movement following the famous 1969 Cuyahoga River fire and lead to the enactment of the 1972 Clean Water Act.
Patrick Baudoin is a Geologist who joined Leaaf in 2020 as a member of Leaaf’s Soil and Groundwater Division.
Patrick holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Geology from Louisiana State University. Prior to joining Leaaf, Patrick worked as an Associate Geologist for an international company where he gained experience conducting Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, Ecological Risk Assessments, Wetland Delineations, and Environmental Remediation as applied to LDEQ Risk Assessment / Corrective Action Program (RECAP) and LDNR 29-B standards. When he is not in the field, Patrick analyzes data, creates figures and maps, and helps prepare reports. In his free time, Patrick enjoys playing soccer, biking, and kayaking.
Michael Stevens is a Professional Geologist who joined Leaaf in 2018 as a member of Leaaf’s Soil and Groundwater Division,
Prior to moving back to the New Orleans Area to be closer to his family, Michael worked in Houston, TX in the environmental services division of a national company. He has experience conducting and managing both Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments and has proven to be a valuable leader in the field. When he’s not in the field, Michael assists with mapping, report preparation, and determining the application of federal, state, and local regulations as they pertain to actions under the framework of CERCLA, RCRA, and LDEQ. Michael holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geology and brings a great deal of expertise to Leaaf’s soil and groundwater investigations.
Senior Project Manager / Business Development
Kerry has worked in the environmental industry for over 19 years and has a broad background in environmental assessments, risk management, environmental planning, regulatory compliance, and industrial hygiene.
Kerry has managed multiple environmental projects which include Brownfields Site Investigations; Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs); Risk Evaluation/Corrective Action Program (RECAP) and Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) investigations; asbestos and lead-based paint assessments, cleanup planning, and alternative cost analyses; and studies associated with developments of regional impact. Kerry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Louisiana State University and currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of the Louisiana Brownfields Association. In his free time, Kerry coaches his son’s baseball team, his daughter’s soccer team, and enjoys watching LSU and Saints football.