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Great Ecology Makes Another Splash

Nick Buhbe, Great Ecology’s Director of Ecology and one of the ecologists involved in the restoration of Lake San Marcos, summarized the progress of the current data collection efforts at a recent public meeting. The project involves multiple stakeholders and numerous complexities due to a variety of suspected sources, and is heading toward development of a remediation strategy. Mr. Buhbe described the importance of monitoring and the subsequent computer modeling that will help to determine the most effective restoration strategy for the lake: “the modeling effort is the key to understanding what the [nutrient] excess is, and what can be done about it.” This approach toward a long-term strategy was echoed by Laurie Walsh of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, who expressed an appreciation for the investigation and the speed of progress toward a solution.

Read the full U-T San Diego article.

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Great Ecology Makes a Splash on the News

Shedding Light on Stormwater Sampling in Lake San Marcos

Torrential rains, abating California’s persistent drought, had Great Ecology’s field crews working around the clock to capture the first runoff flows of the season into Lake San Marcos, one of Great Ecology’s California projects. Great Ecology’s Ecologist, Ashley Tuggle, was interviewed by KPBS reporter Alison St. John about the stormwater sampling underway, explaining the importance of capturing the first nutrient flows to determine where potential pollutants could be coming from.

Contact us to find out more about Lake San Marcos and other related projects underway at Great Ecology.

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Congratulations to Great Ecology Designers as New ASLA Chapter Board Members

Great Ecology is proud to announce that two of our Landscape Architects/Designers, Carl Carlson RLA, and Chris Loftus RLA,  have been elected to Executive Boards for the Association of Landscape Architects (ASLA) chapters in New York and Colorado.

Carl CarlsonNew York based Associate Landscape Designer, Carl Carlson has over eight years of experience in the design and construction management of large scale landscape projects. He has served on multiple design committees including the ASLA-NY, AIANY/ASLA-NY’s Post Sandy Initiative Waterfront Working Group, and NYC’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency through the Municipal Art Society. In addition to his newly elected position as an executive board member, Carl serves on the planning committee for NYASLA.

Chris Loftus, RLABased in Great Ecology’s Denver office, Landscape Architect Chris Loftus has over 10 years of experience working in the Western United States. He has experience developing neighborhood and community master plans, designing innovative stormwater solutions, and solving an array of equally complex landscape projects. As the new ASLA Colorado Chapter Vice President of Programs, Chris will monitor, mange, and provide oversight for all Chapter programs and chair the Events and Service Committee.

Great Ecology congratulates Carl and Chris on their elected positions!

Contact our Design Team to learn more about Great Ecology’s landscape architecture practice and ecological design services.

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Great Ecology has Nature’s Back as Development Plows Ahead

Great Ecology is thrilled to be featured in this week’s edition of the San Diego Business Journal as an industry leading environmental consulting firm. Alongside the industry’s explosive growth and following a three-year growth rate of 194% from 2011- 2013, Great Ecology is on track to have the most successful year to date. Founder and CEO, Dr. Mark S. Laska, attributes the profound success of his company to a growing awareness and pressure on projects to include an ecological approach. “There’s only so much natural land left, and the development is going right out to the edge of nature,” he says. “We are doing something right, and the industry is ready.”

Read the full article and this week’s issue of the San Diego Business Journal.

Great Ecology strives to connect people with natural resources, and integrates ecology with design to achieve innovative solutions to complex environmental challenges.

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Sacramento We’re Moving!

We’re excited to announce Great Ecology’s Sacramento office has moved to a new location.

Contact Senior Ecologist and office lead, Dr. Jessie Quinn to learn more about Great Ecology’s environmental consulting services in the Sac-Bay Delta and greater Northern California area.

Our new contact information is:

1008 2nd Street
Suite 209
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 376-7691

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How to Stay on Top of a Dynamic Industry

“If I am not listening to the people I work with on a daily basis, then I am not paying attention to the world in which I live.” –Dr. Mark Laska, Where Leaders Find Advice, The Zweig Letter November 3rd Issue.

Great Ecology’s Founder & CEO Dr. Mark Laska is featured alongside other industry leaders in the recent Zweig Letter. Dr. Laska shares his “go-to resources” for facilitating his business achievements, including his mentor, wife, friends, and forum. Great Ecology is thrilled to be featured again by Zweig Group after being honored as one of the Hot 100 Firms of 2014.

For more articles visit The Zweig Letter.


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Great Ecology’s Upcoming Events

Come meet Great Ecology’s staff at one of the upcoming conferences:

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society Fall 2014 Meeting.
Join Senior Ecologist and former AERS President, Dr. David J. Yozzo this week: Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Restore America’s Estuaries
Come by our booth and meet our team in Washington D.C. – we’ll be at booth #215  Nov. 2-5

  • Senior Ecologist, Dr. David J. Yozzo
  • Associate Designer, Charlie Howe
  • Associate Ecologist, Alejandro Julian
  • Marketing Manager, Sarah Stevens

Wildlife Habitat Council Annual Symposium
Nov, 10-11 in Baltimore
Meet President Dr. Mark Laska and Senior Ecologists Dr. David J. Yozzo and Rick Black
And, catch Dr. Laska on the Panel Session #2, on Monday, Nov. 10, presenting Innovative Habitat Restoration Approaches on Remediated Corporate Lands.

SETAC North America
Nov 9-14, Vancouver
VP Technical Services, Timothy Hoelzle heads up to Vancouver and joins Mike Hooper of the U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday Nov. 13 to discuss the integration of remediation and final site restoration on contaminated sites. They’re sharing key takeaways form the joint SER/SETAC workshop earlier this year.

ASLA Annual Meeting
Nov. 21-24, Denver
Meet Associate Landscape Architect, Chris Loftus, RLA, and Associate Designer, Charlie Howe

See you there!

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Rapid Growth: How We Tackled Growing Pains

“It’s a fact: Growth costs money” – The Zweig Letter

Great Ecology knows this well. As we’ve grown from a 2 person firm in New York City to 34 employees in 6 office locations in just 13 years, we’ve had to overcome a number of “growing pains”.

As a 2014 ZweigWhite Hot Firm List awardee, Great Ecology’s President, Dr. Mark Laska, shares our challenges and strategies associated with rapid growth in The Zweig Letter’s Growth Issue. One challenge we faced, maintaining one, unified firm culture across multiple time zones and locations.

For more articles visit The Zweig Letter.

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Great Ecology Recognized for Stellar Growth

inc5000websiteGreat Ecology is thrilled to announce the company is recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing private firms for the third consecutive year —a true accomplishment for a small business solving big ecological challenges.

According to the 2014 Inc. 500 | 5000 statistics, the Environmental Services industry is the fastest growing economic sector in America, and Great Ecology ranks 17th in the nation and number 2073 across all industries with a 3-year growth rate of 194% and the creation of 21 new jobs.

ZweigWhite Hot Firm 2014Additionally, Great Ecology is listed on the 2014 ZweigWhite Hot Firms List as number 67 of the nation’s top 100 architecture, engineering, and environmental firms – an outstanding achievement within the nation’s fastest growing economic sector.

In the words of Company President and CEO, Dr. Mark Laska, “We are honored to receive these prestigious awards and celebrate our continued growth. The success and growth of the past 3 years are a testament to this firm’s expert staff and collective resiliency. Great Ecology has and continues to demonstrate its value to public and private organizations nationwide with a practice rooted in science and driven by excellence in design.”

In addition to the prestigious national and industry awards, 2014 has been an incredibly successful year. Expanding the firm’s nationwide presence, Great Ecology opened three new offices in Sacramento, California; Lexington, Kentucky; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Furthering the firm’s growth and progress is the incredible staff of industry experts – 75% have advanced degrees and expertise in specialized fields, ranging from riparian ecology and forensic chemistry to landscape architecture and design.

To learn more about Great Ecology and how to enhance your project, contact Sarah Stevens at (858) 750-3201

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Best Practices: NRD Assessment & Restoration

Beyond the Headlines: Best Practices to Restore Natural Resources Injured by Long-Term Hazardous Waste Releases, Oil Spills and Transport and Other Accidents, published in the Bloomberg BNA, August 2014, presents a series of best practices related to Natural Resource Damage Assessments (NRDA) and associated habitat restoration.

Industry experts, including practitioners, environmental attorneys, and state/federal government representatives, comprised the NRDA Working Group that outline 7 Guiding Principles to effectively restore contaminated environments along with case studies that demonstrate effective and successful applications for various NRD cases nationwide. The Guiding Principles provide a reusable standard for evaluating and restoring impacts to natural resources.

Great Ecology President, Dr. Mark Laska, a member of the NRDA Working Group, served as a contributing author to this report alongside an esteemed list of peers and environmental attorneys. Dr. Laska shared his expertise and Great Ecology’s successful NRD strategy for the Woodbridge Waterfront Redevelopment project. The case study highlights the value of the Best Practice’s Guiding Principal #2, Focus the assessment process on the earliest possible evaluation of restoration options.

Read the full article.

Contact Dr. Mark Laska to learn more about his NRD expertise or to discuss potential restoration strategies for your degraded sites.




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