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JJ&A Annual Holiday Party

JJ&A held its annual Holiday Party at the Thunder Valley Casino in Roseville; a resounding success. The evening started off with appetizers and beverages of choice at the open bar. A buffet-style dinner soon followed with delicious salads, prime rib, chicken, and pasta dishes with several vegetarian and gluten-free options. After dinner, JJ&A owners Jan, Jenn, and Terry reflected on the past year (2019); how far we’ve all come, and our vision for 2020 and beyond. Shortly thereafter, the karaoke DJ kicked things off and the banquet hall was filled with the sweet sounds of tone-deaf Geologists and Engineers. It begs the question of why none of us have been picked for American Idol yet! As the hours passed, the crowd slowly dwindled as JJ&A staff said their good-byes and made their way up to their hotel rooms (with some finding their way to the casino nightclub) full of good food, tired from laughter, and replaying the memories of a great evening.


JJ&A’s Annual Charitable Giving Program

During the holiday season, JJ&A staff were given an opportunity to choose from different charitable organizations to receive a company donation.  Each staff selected a social and an environmental charity. The most votes were received for the Wounded Warrior Project and Water for People.  The Wounded Warrior Project provides a variety of programs and services to help rebuild the lives of injured veterans, while Water for People works with communities to develop and maintain sustainable access to safe, clean water.  JJ&A is proud to help give back to the community through our annual charitable giving program.

JJ&A Escape Room Escapade

Sherlock Holmes had just solved his most recent case and sent for a team of aspiring JJ&A detectives to help wrap up the final investigation details.  The group arrived at his 221B Baker Street apartment, but Sherlock was missing, with signs of an unceremonious exit abound.  In typical Sherlock fashion, clues to his whereabouts and suspected kidnapper were cleverly hidden.  The JJ&A crew was on the case and worked together to save their esteemed colleague just in the nick of time.

JJ&A Toys for Tots Drive

JJ&A’s annual Toys for Tots drive was a smashing success this holiday season, with the many donations received vastly exceeding our donation box capacity!  We are proud to continue our annual tradition of giving to the children of our community, and deeply appreciate the generosity of our donors which makes it possible to help spread holiday cheer to local families.

The David Gregory Award for Outstanding Client Service Goes to JJ&A’s Rob Hall

Rob Hall received the David Gregory Outstanding Client Service Award for excellence in safety and client services.  While overseeing two large soil excavations, Rob received high praise from third party safety auditors and the client’s Regional Safety Manager.  “I was very impressed with Rob, and his oversight of the work. With multiple subcontractors on site, and three visitors the day I was there, he had good control of the activities and managed the pace well.” The excavation team was also recognized in the client’s quarterly health and safety bulletin as part of their health and safety recognition program.  Rob’s focus on safety and high-quality field programs is one of the reasons for JJ&A’s success.

Bull Creek Expert Panel
South Fork Eel River, California

Frank Bickner participated as one of the Experts on the Panel for Bull Creek (Humboldt Redwoods State Park) as part of the team for the SHaRP (Salmon Habitat Restoration Priorities) evaluation of the South Fork Eel River Watershed.  Frank has provided geologic services for various public agencies and private sector clients within the Main Stem Eel and South Fork Eel River for over 40 years and is considered an expert on Bull Creek and the Eel River System. Frank conducted river geomorphology studies within the Bull Creek Watershed under grant funding from Humboldt Redwood State Park and has also conducted research on the South Fork Eel River titled “Geology and Alluvial History in The South Fork Eel River, Humboldt County, Northern California”.

The 689-square mile South Fork Eel River Watershed, located within Mendocino and Humboldt counties, is one of five priority stream systems that was selected as part of the California Water Action Plan.  The South Fork Eel River watershed is of concern for at risk salmon and steelhead species. In addition, Bull Creek contains one of the densest and most well-preserved stands of old growth redwood forest in Humboldt County.

South Fork of Eel River

Mouth of Bull Creek

Old Growth Redwoods Along Bull Creek
Humboldt Redwoods State Park

A Spooky Good Time!

Witches, munchkins and wizards were among those who had a BOOtiful time at the annual JJ&A Halloween potluck where ghoulish cheer could be found around every office corner. Nurse Ryan Stevenson’s devilishly delicious Chicken Mulligatawny boiled and bubbled and came up as the crock-pot challenge winner.  And this year’s FANGtastic costume winners are: Glinda the Good Witch, the Munchkin, and the Ghost.  Another Happy Howl-oween at JJ&A.


Therapeutic Thursday

JJ&A recently brought in a massage therapist to provide chair massages for our much deserving staff.   Complete with essential oils and calming music, participants found their midday massage to be a relaxing and soothing experience.  In response to their positive feedback, Therapeutic Thursday’s are a permanent rotation as part of JJ&A’s ongoing commitment to employee health and wellness.

Leon Gearhart Promoted to Director of Remediation Services

We are thrilled to announce that Leon Gearhart (PMP, QSD, CHST, C- 57) is JJ&A’s new Director of Remediation Services. Leon specializes in the investigation and cleanup of complex hazardous waste and hazardous materials; helping clients mitigate environmental liabilities for over 20 years.  Please join us in congratulating Leon on his promotion and feel free to reach out to discuss any opportunities or challenges you have on your site.

Leon Gearhart, PMP, QSD, CHST
JJ&A’s New Director of Remediation Services

It’s All Fun and Games:  Disc Golf – A New JJ&A Outing

A group of JJ&A adventurers (Nick Anchor, Yolonda Wright, Dave Gregory, Terry James, Nick Kehrlein, and Carl Schulze) hit the “chain” links over at Johnson-Springview Park in local Rocklin for a fun nine holes of disc golf!  From swampy slices to tree-bound tee-offs, the group went over hill and dale to get outside to spend an afternoon together tracking down errant throws.  This inaugural round was enjoyed by all and hopefully the beginning of many more!  No animals were harmed in the making of this outing.

JJ&A’s Storm Water Professionals Enjoy the 2019 CASQA Annual Conference

Our Storm Water Professionals Represent JJ&A at the CASQA Annual Conference

JJ&A’s storm water professionals, Justin Quiggle (PMP, QSD, CPESC), Yolanda Wright, Mark McGowan (PG, QSD), Michael Clegg (PE, QSD) and Adam Bartkoski (QSD, CPESC) enjoy a unique opportunity to network with peers in the storm water field at the 2019 CASQA Annual Conference.  This year’s event was held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a fun, beautiful and inspiring venue.  Each year the conference draws leading members of the storm water community including local, state, and federal decision makers, storm water program coordinators, contractors and consultants.  The 3-day event includes in-depth training and discussions addressing a wide-range of challenges and opportunities facing storm water practitioners in California.

JJ&A on the Moooove at Sacramento’s Urban Cow Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk

JJ&A’s Linda Mercurio, Paula Cohen, and Tyler and Danielle Randall participated in the Urban Cow Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk at William Land Park in Sacramento.   This annual event is an udder sensation among Sacramento area runners and walkers, while also benefiting local high school cross country and track programs.  This year’s herd had thousands of participants and fun was had by all!  Special congrats to Tyler and Danielle for completing the Half Marathon!

Linda, Paula and Tyler at the Post-Race Beer Garden

JJ&A is Proud of Team Tom Blackburn and their 2019 Agony Ride

JJ&A was happy to sponsor Tom Blackburn, president of Blackburn Consulting in Auburn, again this year as he participated in the 2019 Agony ride, a personal challenge where riders push their limits by riding as far as they can for 24 hours.  Tom rode for a total of 272 miles during the ride this year.  Tom, you and your team are an inspiration.  We thank you for providing a positive impact on the community.  Read on for a few highlights of the ride in Tom’s words.

  • During the Agony, I rode 272 miles – most of those miles with Nate, Dan, Kolter, and our beautiful daughter Amy (she rode 262 miles in her very first Agony ride!) – see Amy and my wife Grace in the first photo above.  I’m the “lone ranger” in the second photo above, with the buff to prevent sunburn and bugs in the mouth (Dan’s in front and Kolter behind).
  • My feet were swollen for ~3 days after the ride.
  • On Saturday morning (July 27), for some reason I kept looking at the rising sun and singing “Here Comes the Sun”, which helped distract me (see 3rd photo above).  It was a cool and quiet time to ride.
  • The kids and staff were amazing this year!  They were grateful and happy.  They played the guitar, banged pots, sang to us, cheered us on and loved on us, even in the toughest times late at night.  In our 4-years, I think this was their most enthusiastic one.
  • Thanks to you, “team Tom Blackburn” (with 117 total sponsors) raised about $14K this year – spanking my $7K goal.  I am thankful to you and thoroughly humbled by your support.
  • With 82 total riders this year, the Agony ride raised a total of ~$221K to support CEM and the kids.
  • There were times when I questioned the effort this year, but your support kept me going.
  • I’m thankful that God gave me the ability and motivation to do this another year in my life’s journey.  We’ll see what He has in store for me in 2020!

Congratulations Team Tom Blackburn!

JJ&A’s Linda Mercurio’s Daughter Madeline Helps Organize “Think Globally, Act Locally: The State of Climate Change” event in Auburn.

Photo credit:  Auburn Journal.  Click here for more information.



JJ&A Client, Mountain Counties Water Resources Association,  is Awarded $179K National Fish and Wildlife Grant

JJ&A worked closely with Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) on a grant proposal that was funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for the Strategic Analysis of Fuels Management in the Power Fire Scar of the El Dorado National Forest.  The grant will provide MCWRA with $179K to create a large spatial scale fire fuels reduction analysis and strategic plan to identify innovative, efficient and cost-effective fuels reduction and biomass management plans for fuels reduction projects within the Panther Creek, Bear River and Cole Creek watersheds of El Dorado National Forest.

MCWRA will create a large spatial scale fire fuels reduction analysis and strategic plan to identify innovative, efficient and cost effective fuels reduction and biomass management plans for fuels reduction projects within the Panther Creek, Bear River and Cole Creek watersheds within El Dorado National Forest. The Power Fire altered the fuel beds throughout the fire scar and impacted the selected watersheds. To address this, the grantee will spatially prioritize areas within the Power Fire nexus for fuels reduction and identify, evaluate and recommend a large spatial scale approach for fire fuels reduction and biomass management. Traditional fuels removal methods in addition to innovative and green methods will be evaluated. The project will provide an analysis of approach options and result in a strategic plan which provides spatial prioritization of areas to address and make recommendations for fuels management in the Power Fire nexus. The project will recommend fuel reduction and biomass management strategies that will produce improved ecological benefits to the forest and watersheds.  JJ&A’s Linda Mercurio, PMP, will lead and manage the project and will work closely with John Kingbury,  MCWRA’s executive director.  Mason, Bruce & Girard, a natural resource consulting firm, will compile available LIDAR and field data and conduct field reconnaissance.

Northern California Forests and Watersheds 2019 Grant Announcement