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Oak Services, LLC is a Colorado-based Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) and CDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) specializing in scientific and environmental consulting services.

RCRA Overview

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was passed by the United States Congress in 1976 to address problems caused by municipal and industrial waste. RCRA’s focus is on active and future waste facilities and covers generation, transportation, treatment, and disposal of hazardous wastes. Abandoned and historical sites are managed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response,…

Sustainable Development Goals in the Developed World

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 include clean water and sanitation, an end to poverty and hunger, gender equality and access to quality education, climate action, and good governance. The SDGs are the product of multilateral participatory process and are universal. As such, they are as critical for…

What Are Your Data Telling You?

A Budget and Schedule Streamlining Review & Summary of Anaerobic Reductive Dechlorination of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons Several previous articles discuss simplifying and streamlining environmental data acquisition and evaluation. Laboratory Procurement, Data Quality, & Budget Management provides recommendations for communicating with your laboratory so that the lab has the necessary information to provide accurate and complete costs, as…

Moral Agency & Purpose-Driven Business

The 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) and the twelfth meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) recently concluded in Marrakech, Morocco. More information can be found at the COP 22 website, here. As we discussed in our article on COP21, COP 21, Sustainable Development Goals & A Step towards Global Thinking,…

Watershed Health

watershed n. A ridge dividing the areas drained by different river systems. The area drained by a river system.  Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, 1964  More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water and the natural water cycle provides water to Earth as a recyclable resource. However, Earth’s…

Environmental Analyses and Your Project Budget, Part Two

As we discussed in Part One of this two-part series of articles, managing the budget is an important aspect of any project, and with Performance Based Contracts (PBCs), it is critical. In Part One, we discussed streamlining analytical parameters and what to consider when determining when and how to do so. In a previous article,…

Environmental Analyses and Your Project Budget, Part One

Managing the budget is an important aspect of any project, and with Performance Based Contracts (PBCs), it is critical. PBCs offer greater opportunities for technical innovation and efficiency but can also pose financial risks. In a previous article, we discussed what your laboratory needs to know to provide you with the most accurate pricing for…

Water and Agriculture in Colorado

“Whiskey’s for drinking, water’s for fighting” is a quote attributed to Mark Twain often used in discussions about water rights in the American West, a region where water is scarce and water rights have long been contentious. Another elucidating quote comes from Ralph Moody’s “Little Britches, Father and I Were Ranchers”, a book recounting Moody’s experiences after moving from…

Uniform Federal Policy Quality Assurance Project Plan (UFP-QAPP) – A Consultant’s Overview

UFP-QAPP stands for Uniform Federal Policy – Quality Assurance Project Plan. It is the result of extensive collaborations between the EPA, the DoD, and the Department of Energy (DOE)…The UFP-QAPP is much more than a traditional Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) and if the current optimized template is followed with care, all aspects of project planning except Health & Safety will be considered.

Science, Empathy, Collaboration and Sustainability

The title of this article is taken from the theme for the 2016 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) conference: “Science, Empathy, Collaboration and Sustainability.” The conference will take place on June 8 – 11, 2016 in Washington, D.C. and will show-case the multi-disciplinary strengths of AESS.  If you are reading this prior to…