Maile Smith, Northgate Associate Geologist, presented the evolution and successes of the Yosemite Slough wetlands restoration project at the 19th meeting of the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF), held at the University of California San Diego from January 31 to February 2, 2012. The meeting, hosted at the UCSD Sustainability Solutions Institute, brought together a broad range of disciplines, approaches, discussions, and presentations about the rapidly developing field of sustainable remediation and its emerging relationship with sustainable redevelopment. Maile worked with Northgate Senior Engineer Axel Rieke to share the plans, setbacks, and ultimate successes of the California Department of Parks and Recreation project to restore tidal wetlands and habitat diversity, sequester contaminated soil, remove debris and invasive species, improve soil and water conservation, and create a catalyst for further cleanup activities within the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area and surrounding Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood.
Maile was also recognized for her two years of service as an officer on SURF’s Board of Trustees. SURF is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of sustainable practices during remediation activities with the objective of balancing economic viability, conservation of natural resources and biodiversity, and the enhancement of the quality of life in surrounding communities. Maile will continue to lead the SURF organization’s Communications and Outreach Committee and participate in ongoing technical initiatives.
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