Dr. McCord is Project Manager for a diverse team of remediation consultants, researchers, land managers, legal counsel, and non-profit organization leaders to clean up drainage from three mine sites using semi-passive techniques. The project is serving as a model for successfully cleaning up abandoned mines for public benefit. The project is funded by an Ecosystem Restoration Program grant to the conservation organization Tuleyome. Additional funding through Napa County’s Measure A grant program will be improving Oat Hill Road, which passes through the project area.
MEI, along with subcontractors Watercourse Engineering and Gantzer Water Resources Engineering, is supporting the City of Santa Cruz Water Department by providing a more holistic assessment of current lake management practices and a strategy for improvements. The assessment includes the development and application of a two-dimensional lake water quality simulation model to evaluate operating conditions, oxygen addition, multi-level withdrawals, and climate change impacts.
As Project Manager of the Westside Sac IRWM Brownfields project, Dr. McCord is leading a team in the prioritization of approximately 80 abandoned mine lands in the Cache Creek and Putah Creek watersheds. Under the EPA Brownfields Assessment Program, the team is working with local community leaders and experts to identify, assess, and prioritize sites for remediation efforts based on potential impact to the environment and potential benefit for alternative land use.
Dr. McCord is conducting pre-development baseline monitoring of mercury contamination in Alder Creek, a tributary to the American River with a legacy of dredge mining. Monitoring elements include deposited sediments, aquatic insects, and resident fish throughout the two-mile proposed development area. The MEI team will also conduct a stream bioassessment following SWAMP protocols.