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GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Conducts Geotechnical Offshore Investigation for Block Island Wind Farm; Five Wind Turbine Farm First of Kind in Nation

PROVIDENCE, RI –  GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., a leading environmental and geotechnical engineering consulting firm is proud to announce its participation in the Block Island Wind Farm project.

GZA would like to congratulate its client, Deepwater Wind, for achieving the milestone “steel in the water” on Monday, July 27, 2015, and for becoming the first US offshore wind farm to start offshore construction.  When completed, the Block Island Wind Farm will consist of five wind turbines within Rhode Island state waters roughly three miles southeast of Block Island.

In the fall of 2008, GZA was contracted by Deepwater Wind to provide geotechnical engineering services for the offshore wind farm. An offshore geotechnical program consisting of geotechnical explorations with offshore and onshore laboratory testing, was developed and implemented by GZA to provide a geotechnical engineering evaluation and report. The exploration was completed from a 245-class lift boat out of the Gulf of Mexico in 75 to 95 ft of water. The GZA report included recommended soil parameter values for each turbine location, pile capacity, pile axial and lateral deformation curves, and pile drivability and constructability issues. GZA continues to support Deepwater Wind with geotechnical design assistance of their landside operations and readiness of the port facility staging areas. The GZA Principal for this groundbreaking project is Russell J. Morgan, P.E., Office Manager of the Providence Office. The GZA Project Manager is Diane Y. Baxter, Ph.D., P.E. Senior Project Manager with the Providence Office.

About GZA

Founded in 1964, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. is a multi-disciplinary firm providing Environmental, Geotechnical, Ecological, Water, and Construction Management services.  GZA maintains corporate offices at 249 Vanderbilt Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062. The firm has over 550 employees and operates 27 offices in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and Appalachian Regions of the United States. For additional information, please call William Hadge, CEO at 781-278-3801 or visit the company’s website at http://www.gza.com/.

United Water Makes $20,000 Donation To Support Save The Bay’s Environmental Education and Volunteer Program

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PROVIDENCE, RI – Save The Bay executive director Jonathan Stone and Ed Wallace, executive director of the United Water Foundation, are pleased to announce a $20,000 donation from United Water Foundation to support Save The Bay’s environmental education and volunteer programs. In celebration of the gift, project managers from across United Water joined Save The Bay staff in June for a cookout and check presentation.

“United Water is first and foremost an environmental company, “said Wallace. “We have a major presence in the New England area and care deeply about the water that breathes life in the communities we serve and our neighbor’s communities. When we find good organizations, like Save the Bay, that are working to protect these waterways, we are eager to support their cause.”

“We are grateful to United Water for this generous gift, which is a testament to the company’s commitment to water quality and the environmental resources of this region,” said Stone. “The students who participate in our education programs, and the beautiful beaches that our dedicated volunteers regularly clean-up are the real beneficiaries here. These programs wouldn’t be possible without the support of committed partners like United Water,” he said.

Each year, Save The Bay organizes and supports the work of more than 3,000 volunteers who pick up debris at dozens of shoreline sites, help with habitat restoration, offer administrative support, serve eco-tourists, and much more. It also presents marine science and environmental education programming to more than 15,000 schoolchildren each year to build the next generation of ambassadors for Narragansett Bay

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