Who is Aspect Consulting?
From seven Northwest offices in Washington and Oregon, Aspect Consulting, LLC (Aspect) staff of over 120 work across five practice areas: Environmental Services, Water Resources, Geotechnical Engineering, Stormwater, and Data & Mapping. We just celebrated our 20th year of consulting, see this fun Storymap our staff put together.
Why are you part of NEBC?
For over 20 years, Aspect staff have been NEBC members, volunteered as board chairs, and attended and presented at NEBC stormwater and environmental conferences. In 2022, we are the title sponsor for the Managing Stormwater in Washington Conference. As an earth, water engineering and science firm in the Pacific Northwest, surface water and stormwater problem solving, and environmental remediation work is a key part of Aspect’s mission. And we love connecting with colleagues, peers, and clients at NEBC events.
Why do you focus on water?
Water is at the heart of everything we do: water supply, surface water, stormwater, and much more. Aspect’s engineers and geologists and hydrologists and hydrogeologists assist cities, counties, industrial, and private sector and construction clients to develop and implement programs that achieve water quality goals, cleanup brownfield properties, and improve watersheds.
Can you share more about a specific project?
Project Spotlight 1: Deep Infiltration for the Port of Seattle
We have exceptional multi-disciplinary teams at Aspect that excel in investigating below and above ground earth and water problems and opportunities. For instance, our geology practice often interacts with our water, environmental, and stormwater teams. This includes looking at permeable vs. impermeable soil types for the best infiltration possibilities. Our GIS crew does great work to create infiltration feasibility maps on a basin-wide scale for public agency clients.
A recent example is our ongoing work for the Sea-Tac International Airport. At the airport, we are helping them evaluate and plan deep infiltration of stormwater runoff from the future North Terminal development area to better manage flow control and protect Puget Sound water quality.
Project Spotlight 2: Celebrating A Bellingham Waterfront Cleanup Milestone
Like many working waterfronts across the country, Bellingham has undergone years of effort to clean up contamination and turn historical industrial sites into useful properties for the community.
After more than a decade of study by Aspect and adjacent cleanups, the former Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill cleanup site, the centerpiece of Bellingham’s new Waterfront District redevelopment, is cleaning up its biggest contamination culprit – liquid mercury.