Roux to Exhibit at ICSC PA/NJ/DE Conference

Monday,  September 11 – Wednesday, September 13 Held annually in Atlantic City, New Jersey, ICSC’s conference/deal making events are a great opportunity for owners, developers, retailers, brokers, and more, to exhibit, make deals, and form successful business partnerships. Visit members of the Roux team from our Logan Township, NJ and Islandia, NY offices at Booth #622!

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ICSC PA/NJ/DE Conference & Deal Making

Continuing Roux’s Support of CSLI Field Trips

On August 15, Farmingdale State College’s Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) went on a field trip to the Marine Environmental Stewardship Center (MESC) in Mount Sinai, New York, hosted by Coastal Steward Long Island (CSLI). STEP offers academic services and onsite experience for students in grades 7-12 who are interested in science and technology and are local to the Farmingdale area.

The students split up into two groups led by CSLI’s marine educators, experiencing the full package of their marine education programs. The day began with catching and releasing marine organisms in seine nets, followed by visiting the Shellfish Hatchery where students observed muscle dissection and helped to sort oysters. The students then explored the MESC touch tanks, observed and identified plankton with microscopes, watched an educational video on Mount Sinai’s coastal geography, and had some free time to view the MESC fish tanks and play with their many touch-screen games.

Roux is proud to support CSLI’s field trips and their wide range of marine education programs. To learn more about their programs for children of all ages, please click here.

Coastal Steward Long Island  Coastal Steward Long Island

Roux to Present at Mega-Superfund Site Symposium

Thursday, September 7 Roux will be presenting at the first ever Mega-Superfund Site Symposium, hosted by the Association of Insurance & Reinsurance Run-Off Companies (AIRROC) and the Environmental and Emerging Claim Manager Association (EECMA). This one-day symposium will address the many challenges that arise from “Mega” Superfund Sites, such as the Portland Harbor, the Lower Passaic River, and other similar contaminated sediment sites. The symposium discusses many factors associated with Mega Superfund Sites, such as legal liability, insurance coverage implications, remediation complexities, and regulatory climate governing, creating an essential conference for all stakeholders involved with these sites.

Peter Alvey, P.E., Vice President and Principal Engineer at Roux, will present as part of the “Characteristics of Mega-Superfund Sites and Remediation Challenges” panel. Mr. Alvey will discuss key developments at Mega Superfund Sites, including technical and legal challenges associated with the longer-term wrap up and closure of large, complex sites, and related emerging issues.

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CSR Spotlight: Empire State Ride To End Cancer

Here at Roux, an active CSR program is an integral part of our company values. Nathan Epler is one of our most active CSR participants; he has been at Roux for over 20 years as a Principal Hydrogeologist, and is Vice President of the non-profit organization Coastal Steward Long Island. On Sunday, July 30th Nathan took part in the Empire State Ride To End Cancer: a bike ride from Staten Island to Niagara Falls that lasts a full week, making up a 546-mile-long journey.

The annual Empire State Ride (ESR) benefits the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, located in Buffalo, New York. This institute is America’s primary cancer center where the nation’s first chemotherapy program was established, and has been conducting cutting-edge cancer research since 1898. Nathan (left) first heard about the ride and its cause through one of his friends, Steve Mars (middle). Steve is a cancer survivor, like many of the other riders. Some riders lost loved ones to cancer or had survivors in their immediate family. There were even some riders undergoing chemotherapy while participating in the week-long ride. The experience of riding together through long, exhausting days, paired with exchanging stories about how cancer affected their lives, created a close bond between the riders as they united to cycle for a cure. “You become a real team,” explained Nathan, “I began the race knowing one person and ended it feeling like I was part of a family.” What started out as a bike trip became something much more.

Nathan had a lifetime of cycling experience to prepare him for the ride. He began bike touring at age 14, carrying gear with him for American Youth Hostel trips. His love for bike touring led him to ride across the country twice, at ages 18 and 21, carrying heavy gear and led only by paper maps. He has been cycling ever since for both leisure and other fundraising events (such as the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure), but preparing to ride through New York State for a week straight required training he had never done before. “I wanted to prove to myself that I still had it in me to do this,” he said.

The trip began Sunday morning in Staten Island, where the riders took the ferry to lower Manhattan and started out on the green belt along the west side toward, and across, the George Washington Bridge. They traveled through the Palisades to Stony Point, making up a 57-mile ride. From then on, they traveled almost 80 miles a day for seven days straight through hills and heat. “New York State is absolutely gorgeous,” recalled Nathan, citing photos of rolling hills, farmland, and recollecting mostly good weather. There was one day where the group experienced a thunder and lightning storm, but Nathan didn’t mind since “it kept him cool.” The route proceeded up the Hudson Valley to Albany, and then west along the Erie Canal. In Albany, Nathan accidentally veered off the path and got separated from the group. He was met with an ESR representative who offered him a van ride to reunite with the rest of the group or return to camp. Instead, Nathan denied the ride and persisted, refusing to give up. Because of his off-course travels, he estimated to have totaled 570 miles, as opposed to the set 546.

Despite taking the road less traveled, Nathan described his journey as “bike riding heaven.” Many of the riders who came from triathlete or competitive backgrounds treated the ride as a race, but Nathan made a point to pace himself. He stopped to take photos often and take in the scenery. Rest areas on the side of the road provided food and water every 15-20 miles, and at night the riders slept in tents—an added bonus for Nathan, since he also loves to camp. These accommodations, as well as others like mobile bicycle repair trucks, great food, and a superb support staff, made for a safe, organized trip with zero accidents.

When the group finally made it to Niagara Falls on August 5th, they rode through the streets two by two and were greeted by over a thousand cheering people lining the route into the center of Niagara Falls. Many of the riders’ family members came to support and congratulate them, ending the week with an emotional and joyful celebration.

Nathan (left) riding through town in Niagara Falls, greeted by spectators lining the streets

The Roux Team, comprised solely of Nathan and Steve, raised $15,000 for the cause, putting us in fourth place out of all participating teams. The ride in total raised over half a million dollars—which will be matched, meaning over one million dollars will be donated to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute thanks to the Empire State Ride. Between the sights, the stories, and the friendships gained, Nathan described the ride as one of the most memorable experiences of his life. He plans to get back on his bike for the ESR again next year, hopefully recruiting more members to join the Roux team to ride to end cancer.

Nathan and some of his new friends, celebrating their victory in front of the falls

Roux Complimentary Webinar – Heavy Metals in Groundwater: Understanding the Big Picture

Heavy Metals in Groundwater: Understanding the Big Picture

Thursday, August 31st • 3:00pm (EST) • Walt McNab Jr., Ph.D., P.G.

Heavy metals represent a unique class of groundwater contaminants at certain types of industrial sites. Aquifer contamination can occur from direct anthropogenic input (e.g., improper handling and disposal). However, in addition, metals such as chromium, nickel, copper, zinc, and other elements occur naturally at trace levels in many different environmental settings. Consequently, indirect contamination of groundwater can also occur when the chemical environment of the aquifer is altered in such a way that mobilizes these elements. The complex behavior of heavy metals in groundwater environments requires an accurate conceptual model of the contaminants’ sources and the processes impacting their fate.

This webinar, presented by Walt McNab Jr., Ph.D., P.G., will introduce the topic of heavy metal behavior in groundwater through an example problem involving multiple metals that were mobilized at a site as a result of changes in aquifer acidity. A multi-process numerical model was employed to posit and test a conceptual model for the site and, subsequently, to help evaluate remedial design options. Application of such models requires careful consideration of the questions at hand, the quantity and quality of available data, and judgement calls by the modeling expert. The lessons learned provide insights into possible conceptual model development for similar sites, in both remediation and environmental forensics contexts.

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Roux Associates Health and Safety Newsletter: Issue 10, 2Q

As environmental consultants, it is our goal to provide the highest quality environmental services to our clients. In order to provide the best service, it is paramount to ensure the continuing health and safety of our employees and subcontractors. The health and safety success of our team assures the success of our projects. At Roux Associates, we are dedicated to promoting a positive safety culture in the field, within our offices, and throughout our personal lives.

In our quarterly newsletter below, some of our partners highlight safety tips and protocols on the following subjects:

  • Employee Engagement and Safety Performance
  • Protecting Our Young Workers
  • Public Safety at Remediation Sites
  • Exclusion Zones at Construction Sites