Katrina VanDeusen
Director, Ecological Engineering


OVERVIEW

Ms. VanDeusen is an Environmental Scientist with over 20 years of broad-based professional experience in environmental applications developing multi-media remediation strategies for both public and private sector clients in the New York City metropolitan area.  Her technical experience includes Phase I, Phase II Site Investigations, Preliminary Assessments, Ecological Evaluations, Remedial Investigation, Remedial Alternatives Analysis, Environmental Site Assessments, design of bioremediation systems, due diligence, legal support, wetland delineation, hydrology assessments, sensitive habitat multimedia sampling, community and habitat surveys, ecological engineering/restoration for both hazardous and non-hazardous sites.  Ms. VanDeusen’s technical writing skills include Preliminary Assessment reports, Remedial Action Workplans and reports, Site Investigation and Remedial Investigation reports, NEPA reports, Phase I and Phase II technical reports, environmental liability assessments, Vapor Intrusion Reports, wetland delineation and ecological restoration reports.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Madison, NJ, Magna Cum Laude.
  • Masters work at NJIT and Rutgers Cook College in Molecular Plant Biology

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL TRAINING

  • OSHA Certified HAZWOPER Supervisor
  • Army Corp. of Engineers Wetland Delineation Training, Cook College, Rutgers University 2001
  • Nitron XRF Spectrum Analyzer, Nitron Calibration, 2001
  • Frontline Leadership Professional Development, Woodward Clyde, 1995
  • Managing Hazardous Waste, Vectre Corporation, 1994
  • ELSA PCB Immunoassay Technology Training, Triton Environmental, 1994

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Innovative Remediation Strategies for Sustainable Redevelopment (December 5, 2017) National Brownfields Training Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, Poster Presentation
  • Ecological Engineering: Remediation and Restoration for 21st Century Open Space (April 15, 2015) Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop, Presenter
  • Remediation and Restoration for 21st Century Open Space (March 6, 2015) Nature Conservancy Conference, Presenter.
  • Phytoremediation - Brownfield Remediation for the 21st Century (Dec 2013), Pennsylvania Brownfield’s Conference, Presenter.
  • Four Seasons in the North Jersey Wetlands (June, 1997) Fairleigh Dickinson University Honors Thesis, Eastern Science College Conference, Duke University Presenter.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & AWARDS

  • Member of Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ)
  • Member of Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association (IOREBA)
  • Member of The New Jersey Society of Women Environmental Professionals (NJSWEP)
  • Member of Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE)
  • AWARD: 2014 Who’s Who Top Female Senior Executive for Ecological Engineering

KEY PROJECTS/ECOLOGICAL 

  • (EL) Former Industrial Facility, Ecological Evaluations/Surveys, Fairlawn, NJ
    A historic industrial facility property was closed, and redevelopment was desired.  The property contained a stream with an associated Riparian Corridor and wetland.  The historic operations impacted the property with chlorinated volatile organic compounds as well as historic fill.  EL created a strategy to assess and rule out potential contributions of the historic operations from CVOCs with a habitat/community survey.  The data was used to cross reference with other point sources to the streams which prevented an exhaustive supplemental ecological evaluation of additional tributaries and properties.  The surveys will be used to identify biodiversity for future redevelopment and restoration of the wetland area post-development.  
     
  • (EL) Highway 17, Former Automotive Station, Phytoremediation/ Restoration, Paramus, NJ
    A historic automotive station located along route 17 was closed and redeveloped with commercial buildings.  After approximately 40 years the client wanted to redevelop the property to create a new footprint, but the property contained a stream and wetland buffer in the rear part of the parcel.  It also was not closed properly, and environmental petroleum contamination impacted the soil.  After Remedial Investigation and hot-spot excavation to remove petroleum contamination, EL worked with the landscape architect to create a planting plan that would both restore and remediate residuals.  El designed a phytoremediation installation that inhibited lateral migration of any residual petroleum impacts that potentially were in ground water in the wetland area with trees that could phytoremediate petroleum compounds.   
     
  • (EWMA) Bryla, Remedial Restoration, Cateret, NJ
    Historic landfill was closed but still contained residual compounds that impacted adjacent forested wetland.  Two matrices were affected; the ground water plume contained chlorinated volatile organic compounds and the soils contained a mixture of metals and organic compounds.  Brownfields redevelopment was refused by the NJDEP on the basis of potential ecological impacts to the wetland.  In association with the engineering controls for closure of the property, a remedial alternative design consisting of excavation of additional soil in wetland transition areas behind the development and a phytoremediation vegetative cap was proposed.  The approval of the landscape phytoremediation design by the NJDEP allowed redevelopment of the property to proceed.  The ground water plume mitigation design consisted of a tree-line phytocontainment barrier inhibiting migration to the sensitive receptor, while simultaneously bioremediating residual contaminants in the ground water.  The vegetative cap consisted of plants that were chosen based on their contaminant degradation capabilities, and to fit into the landscape architecture of the redevelopment’s corporate park.  NJDEP approved phytoremediation alternative to clean up.
     
  • (EWMA) Anchor Glass, Wetland Restoration, Dayville, CT
    Former industrial facility impacted wetland area on Property with historic landfilling, changing the natural hydrology and contamination with metals and petroleum derivatives.  Evaluated wetland with hydrologic assessment, prepared Remedial Action Permit for CT Inland Wetlands commission.  Prepared Remedial Action Workplan to mitigate impacted wetlands with combination of excavation of hot-spots and improving flora and fauna biodiversity in created vernal pool habitats.  Phytoremediation design was approved by the CTDEEP.   
     
  • (EWMA) Stavola Asphalt Plant, Tewksbury, NJ
    Former asphalt plant was decommissioned and property was slated for residential redevelopment post-closure.  During the course of the project, the NJDEP elevated the resource values of the adjacent and on-site sensitive receptors to a C-1 stream and established a nature preserve on the opposing properties river bank.  The former operations of the plant were suspected to have impacted adjacent Riverine and Forested wetland area on Property from historic operations requiring an ecological impact assessment.  Conducted stream surface water, sediment sampling and community/habitat assessments to support ecological evaluation to support closure.  Received LSRP unrestricted RAO for entire site.
     
  • (EWMA) Stockton UST, Stockton, NJ
    In conjunction with Remedial Investigation, performed Ecological Evaluation on adjacent wetland preserve.  Conducted habitat and community surveys, hydrology assessments and hydric soil evaluations.  Prepared report with ecological analysis and proposed remedial alternative utilizing phytoremediation with rhizome root stabilization and plant degradation.  Received NFA from NJDEP. 
     
  • (EWMA) Howell Plaza, Remedial Investigation, Howell, NJ
    Project manager of multi-phase Remedial Investigation of former dry cleaner with vapor intrusion considerations.  Oversaw supplemental remedial investigation, vapor investigation and ground water monitoring. Reviewed existing engineered vapor mitigation system and altered flow dynamics to improved indoor air concentrations to below the NJDEP indoor air comparison standards. Conducted ecological habitat survey of riparian buffer to propose phytoremediation hydraulic containment barrier for chlorinated volatile organic compounds to surrounding sensitive populations. Received LSRP unrestricted RAO.
     
  • (Berger) Private Client, Vernon, New Jersey
    Former metals site landfilled area behind facility with metal slag and byproducts.  Soil was impacted into the wetland areas.  Conducted Ecological assessments consisting of habitat and community hydrophyte surveys, hydrology assessment of emergent wetland over four seasons. Evaluated site specific characteristics for remedial alternative for various plant species.  Performed wetland restoration utilizing plants that would naturally catabolize metals impacts in an emergent wetland.
     
  • (Berger-CMX-URS)Baseline Ecological Investigations, Various Locations, Tri-State Area
    Ecological assessments performed in accordance with NJDEP 2011 Ecological Evaluations on hazardous waste sites throughout New Jersey.  Performed sample collection of surface waters (rivers/streams), benthic sediment sampling.  Evaluated and collected data on surface water features, sensitive receptors such as wetlands, riparian buffers, forests and specialized habitats (Pinebarrens).  Compared analytical data to NJDEP ecological tables for soil and water.  Evaluated sensitive receptors for wetland conditions and habitat community surveys.  Reviewed the NJDEP i-Map and Geoweb to confirm data and prepared GIS mapping. 
     
  • (Berger) Winslow Landfill, Winslow Township, Camden County, NJ
    Completed remedial alternative design in Pine Barrens cranberry wetland areas.  Project Management and coordination of environmental subcontractors and investigation activities for a remedial investigation in conjunction with a landfill closure plan.  Performed geotechnical soil borings, test pit excavations, and well installations.  Collected soil, sediment, surface water, leachate and groundwater samples.  Analyzed data and prepared a technical report on the pre-closure investigation activities.  Prepared ecological evaluations, community and habitat assessments, identified threatened plant and animal species.  Created remedial vegetative cover design incorporating wetland restoration into landfill closure.
     
  • (H2M) Overpeck Park Landfill Closure Design, Overpeck Park, Bergen County, NJ
    Developed and created a Wetland Restoration design plan for Overland Park in preparation for the landfill closure vegetative capping plan.  Conducted wetland assessments of hydric plants.  Prepared wetland restoration strategies for areas located in wetlands areas, obtained necessary wetland permitting, evaluated effects of construction activities on surface water bodies, and provided alternative wetland mitigation measures.  Reviewed historic Remedial Investigation soil and ground water reports to design a landscape plan with plants that were picked based on their degradation capabilities.   Species were chosen based on hydrology and soil characteristics, as well as final grading evaluations.
     
  • (URS/WC) PSE&G EEP Project, Salem & Dennis Township, Salem & Cape May Counties, NJ
    Ecological Assessment for the identification and collection of indigenous plant species throughout specialized habitats (salt marsh areas) during Woodward Clyde’s/URS largest environmental wetland restoration project.  Conducted multi-species community and habitat surveys for hydrophyte plants and benthic organisms.  Data was used in the creation of new wetland maps for the delineation for National Wetland Inventory (NWI) and Geoweb graphical databases.