Environmental Engineering & Science

Blake Downey received his professional geologist licensure in 2014 and has over eight years of experience as a hydrogeologist conducting groundwater assessments and evaluating performance of remediation systems. He has conducted evaluations of monitored natural attenuation, examining the reductive dehalogenation of chlorinated organic compounds and petroleum constituents in groundwater. Mr. Downey’s background includes hydrogeology/watershed science and spatial analysis and interpretation of data.

Education
  • BS Watershed Science and Earth Systems, with minors in Geology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Utah State University, 2008

Registration / Certification / Accreditation
  • Professional Geologist, Utah, 8881904-2250, 2014
  • OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-hour course
  • OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations Site Manager/Supervisor Training, 2015
  • MSHA 24-Hour Surface Metal/Nonmetal and Coal, updated 2016
  • Certified UST Groundwater and Soil Sampler, Utah, GS-1643, 2016
  • Lead and Arsenic Awareness Training, LBP CONST-002, 2013
  • Confined Space Entry, 579171, 2013
  • Federal EPA Method 9 Visible Emissions Evaluation, 2014

Relevant Experience
  • Conduct subsurface investigation oversight to determine impacts from petroleum, chlorinated solvents, metals, pesticides, and herbicides.
  • Perform emergency response oversight, sampling, and regulatory interface.
  • Implement remediation activities, including impacted soil removal and disposal, soil vapor extraction systems, permeable reactive barriers, pump and treat/air sparging groundwater systems, and nutrient/chemical injections.
  • Conducted Phase I environmental site assessments on properties ranging from vacant land to industrial facilities throughout Utah, Idaho, and Colorado.
  • Performed long-term monitoring of groundwater sampling for a wide variety of constituents/parameters, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hexachrome, TPH-DRO and TPH-GRO, metals, anions, TDS, alkalinity, cations, nitrate, nitrite, TOC, PCBs, asbestos, BOD, fecal coliform, sulfide, ferrous iron, perchlorate, pH, conductivity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, ORP, and temperature.
  • Perform surface water sampling and characterization, monitoring seasonal and annual fluctuations, and calculating infiltration rates.
  • Participated in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting and re-application.