- Rock Creek Wind Project
Our team provided is providing environmental monitoring for construction compliance on the Rock Creek Wind Farm Project. The project involves greenfield construction of a 300-MW wind farm that includes 150 turbines, a switchyard and substation, and 15 miles of 345-kV overhead transmission line on a 100-foot right of way (ROW). Additionally, the project includes a network of underground collection lines, permanent and temporary access roads and crane walks.
Our environmental monitor oversees project coordination to achieve environmental compliance with regulatory requirements and permit conditions during construction. The monitor reports to the Enel Health Safety and Environmental Quality (HSEQ) manager and works closely with the construction contractors’ environmental teams as Enel’s environmental representative. The monitor drives consistency with the subcontractors’ environmental inspectors (EIs) across project components. Weekly inspection reports are reviewed, and and the monitor helps the EIs with unresolved problem areas, assists with evaluation alternatives for environmental compliance, and coordinates reviews of any variances. Additionally, the monitor is the first line of defense for Enel in resolving minor issues or concerns in the field and facilitates the resolution of potential issues that may need to be reported.
Our team conducts weekly site visits to review conditions, observe construction activities and discuss issues or action items with the client's HSEQ manager. The site inspections include reviewing:
- Field flagging (replacement and refreshing if required)
- On-site documentation requirements
- Portable concrete batch plant operations
- Erosion and sediment controls/stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) compliance
- Activities in or near wetlands and water bodies
- General good housekeeping (debris pick up and waste disposal)
- Spill containment/signs of leaks
- Vegetation establishment (quality and cover of species)
Unique challenges during construction include working with more than 100 landowners across 30,000 project acres. The total site disturbance acreage of 1,315 acres was permitted under four separate land disturbance permits for the different project components and managed by as many construction contractors. This made clear and consistent communication as well as detailed and organized record keeping critical.
- Agency coordination
- Permit tracking
- GIS analysis
- Local permitting
- Wetland/stream permit implementation
- SWPPP implementation and construction monitoring