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Bridgewater Group provides a broad range of technical capabilities related to siting and permitting new facilities including electrical generation (wind, gas, coal, hydro), transmission, industrial, recreation, fisheries, and other types of facilities requiring permits to construct or operate. This experience is concentrated in the Northwest, but also extends into much of the Western US.

Our goal is to meet the needs of the project while navigating regulatory requirements. Specific services include the following:

  • Site assessment, constraints analysis and fatal flaw reviews
  • Multi-media permitting including air, storm water, wastewater and hazardous waste
  • Identification of project permitting needs and establishment of permitting strategies and schedules
  • Agency negotiations, planning, and coordination 

We deliver comprehensive and cost-effective resource studies and surveys required for all types of projects. By putting together a local team of experts and subconsultants, we offer the complete range of services needed to support your project. We and our strategic partners have played a leading role for projects subject to many of the state environmental and energy siting certification processes such as Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and State Energy Facility Siting Evaluation Council (EFSEC), Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and Wyoming Industrial Siting Act (ISA). We have participated or had major roles in the analysis, resource studies, and overall permitting for major utility-scale wind, gas-fired generation, industrial facilities as well as smaller scale recreation, fisheries, or commercial facilities requiring conditional use or county permits.

Bridgewater and our subconsultant partners local experience and solid relationship with the regulatory agencies eliminates the learning curve on project area environmental conditions and give you the comfort your permits will be obtained efficiently and within the required timeframes.

Bridgewater Group prides itself in its ability to understand its client's business and identify opportunities to lower the cost of environmental management. In this context, we have assisted clients in the development of multi-year programs to re-engineer their environmental function and business processes. We have conducted studies to demonstrate the potential cost and revenue ramifications of improved environmental decision-making processes. Specific services include:

  • Regulatory compliance audits, assessments, and consulting 
  • Air quality impact evaluations and compliance strategy development 
  • Federal, state, or local facility permitting for industrial or energy facilities
  • Environmental management system development and implementation  

Managing environmental compliance obligations in an ever-changing business and regulatory climate is one of the top challenges for today’s environmental managers.  Most organizations we work with are often faced staff reductions while their compliance burdens continue to increase.  

We work to tailor compliance programs to the needs and goals of the organization; from “baseline” compliance evaluations to ascertain systemic and programmatic deficiencies, single and multi-facility compliance audits, compliance program development, permit preparation and permitting strategy development, to day-to-day onsite compliance assistance.  
We are all engineers and regulatory program specialists.  This background provides a unique integration of industrial process knowledge with the governing environmental regulations.  

We carefully track anticipated and proposed rulemaking so that we help you understand compliance today as well as what it will be in the near future so that valuable resources will be extended to meet future compliance needs.

One of Bridgewater Group's specialties is the economic evaluation of environmental liabilities in support of mergers & acquisitions, insurance cost recovery actions, and reserve analysis. We have a reputation for providing our clients with highly defensible and reliable estimates including relatively complex environmental liabilities such as sediment cleanup in harbors and waterways, cleanup of sites with potential endocrine disruptors, natural resource damages, and regional landfills.

Specific services include the following:

  • Insurance cost recovery 
  • Third-party review of environmental liabilities 
  • Economic evaluation of liabilities 
  • Portfolio management strategies 

We create value by developing and implementing integrated technical, regulatory, project delivery, insurance, financial, and administrative solutions that significantly reduce the cost of site investigation and cleanup. We have a proven track record of creating total cost savings ranging from 20 to 80 percent on individual sites and portfolios of sites.

We also lower the cost of site cleanup through our hands-on approach to project management and our ability to access the resources required to complete larger projects on an as needed basis. As a firm of six senior experts, clients can be assured that the person who crafted the project strategy will direct its implementation. Clients can also be assured that during implementation, they will pay for resources only when they are needed. These two aspects of our business model have translated into 20 to 30 percent cost savings on site investigation and cleanup projects.

Our experience encompasses all phases of the site cleanup process, including project scoping, site investigation, risk evaluations, feasibility studies, and remedial action design and implementation. We have extensive experience in Federal Superfund and RCRA corrective action site cleanups, as well as experience with a number of state-level programs. Finally, Bridgewater Group has a broad base of experience in both upland and sediment cleanups involving PCBs, PAHs, VOCs, pesticides, and metals. Specific services include the following:

  • Remedial investigations, risk evaluations, feasibility studies, and remedial designs for contaminated soils, groundwater, sediments, surface water, and wetlands 
  • Agency negotiations support 
  • Brownfield redevelopment 
  • Cost allocation
  • NRDA strategy development and support


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