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Meet Abbi Russell, Senior Communications Specialist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born in Vancouver and raised in central Clark County. I spent most of my childhood fishing, camping, boating, riding horses, and skinning my knees. After six years living in the Carolinas…

Charla Skaggs MFA Staff and Culture
MFA Geologist Meaghan Pollock Volunteers at Outdoor School

Each spring, the fifth graders at Kalama Elementary head to Cispus Learning Center in Randle, Washington, for a day of learning in the great outdoors. I spent a beautiful May day at the learning center with these students, teaching them about…

Meaghan Pollock, GIT MFA Staff and Culture
Turning a Blighted Property into a Community Asset

Tiger Oil was a Texas-based company with locations across the United States, including several in Yakima, Washington. This string of gas stations and accompanying mini marts ceased operations in the town in the early 2000s. One of the former…

Carolyn R. Wise, GIT Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental, Real Estate, Sediment
Top Industrial Compliance Tips for Summer

Compliance at industrial facilities is important 365 days a year, and each season comes with its own compliance challenges. As we head into the summer season, here are our top tips to ensure your facility remains compliant. Stormwater…

Amy Peccia Air Quality, Health & Safety, Stormwater
MFA Cyclists Put the Pedal to the Metal for Bike More Challenge

MFA’s participation in this year’s Bike More Challenge was a great success! The Bike More Challenge—a program started by the nonprofit organization The Street Trust to encourage people to ride bikes—inspires fun and friendly…

Alex Brasch MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Jerry Oelerich, Senior Analyst

Where are you from and where do you live now? I grew up in Iowa along the Mississippi River. I remember that there were a lot of cornfields, but I don’t like corn! So perhaps that wasn’t the ideal setting for me. My family moved to the…

Tyler Vick MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Haley McDaniel, Staff Environmental Scientist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m from Osburn, ID, which is part of a larger community known as the Silver Valley, and I’m thankful to still live there today. My husband and I now own a home in the same neighborhood…

Kathy J. Lombardi, PE MFA Staff and Culture
Environmental Cleanup on Portland’s South Waterfront Gets Leading Role in New Short Film

MFA’s award-winning remediation work for the Zidell Yards property on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon is featured in a new film by local filmmaker, David Bee. Beginning its operation in the early 1900s,the Zidell Yards property is a…

James J. Maul, RG, LHG Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Real Estate, Sediment
Now Working at MFA! 9 New Professionals Join Our Team

Get to know the nine new professionals who have joined the MFA team! Are you interested in working with us? For current job openings, please see our online application…

Jennifer King, PE MFA Staff and Culture
Separating the Science from the Rumors about PFAS

You may have heard of “PFAS” in a documentary or in the news recently. You may have also heard that PFAS chemicals are in drinking water and in people’s blood in the United States. And you would be right to say—what!? How can this be?…

Blair Paulik, PhD Attorneys, Environmental, Health & Safety, Local and State Agencies, Ports
Meet Phil Wiescher, Senior Environmental Scientist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I grew up in Indiana. It was very flat and I like the mountains so I decided to head west for college in Eugene and then Utah. I worked in the Portland MFA office for eight years and moved to…

Alistaire Clary, PE Environmental, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Matt Hoffman, Senior Planner

Where are you from and where do you live now? I hail from Detroit—Birmingham to be exact. If you ever want to engage in a long conversation about Detroit history, I’m your man. I now live in West Seattle with my wife, Sarah, and two…

Michael P. Stringer, AICP MFA Staff and Culture, Planning & Community Development
Meet an Engineer: Cem Gokcora, PE

It’s National Engineers Week! We are recognizing the great work MFA engineers do and celebrating the engineering profession with a profile of an outstanding MFA engineer every day this week. To learn more about MFA’s engineering work,…

Jennifer King, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet an Engineer: Kristi Boon, PE

It’s National Engineers Week! We are recognizing the great work MFA engineers do and celebrating the engineering profession with a profile of an outstanding MFA engineer every day this week. To learn more about MFA’s engineering work,…

Jennifer King, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet an Engineer: Kyle Cotten, PE

It’s National Engineers Week! We are recognizing the great work MFA engineers do and celebrating the engineering profession with a profile of an outstanding MFA engineer every day this week. To learn more about MFA’s engineering work,…

Jennifer King, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet an Engineer: Andrew Kaparos, PE

It’s National Engineers Week! We are recognizing the great work MFA engineers do and celebrating the engineering profession with a profile of an outstanding MFA engineer every day this week. To learn more about MFA’s engineering work,…

Jennifer King, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
MFA Celebrates National Engineers Week

Did you feel that magic in the air this morning? That special feeling that comes only one week a year in late February? The magic of National Engineers Week aka EWeek? It couldn’t have only been me that felt it…right? Either way, read on…

Jennifer King, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Brownfield Remediation Tax Credit Gets First Public Hearing

I provided testimony last week to the Oregon House Revenue Committee on the proposed Brownfield Remediation Tax Credit. This was the first public hearing on the bill in front of the Legislature. The bill has been carefully crafted over several…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Brownfield Redevelopment
MFA Gets a New Headquarters in Vancouver

This past fall, MFA said goodbye to our offices in the Al Angelo Building on East Mill Plain Boulevard and moved into our new headquarters, a building we purchased that is just one block north of where the first MFA office was established in…

Alistaire Clary, PE MFA Staff and Culture
Seattle Viaduct Closes, MFA Communications Team Keeps Truckin’ (or in this case, bicyclin’)

Today’s the day, Seattle-area residents. This evening, the Alaskan Way Viaduct will permanently close, resulting in a temporary shutdown of SR 99 through downtown Seattle. The aging and seismically vulnerable viaduct will be replaced with…

Kate Elliott Communications and Outreach
MFA’s Environmental and Engineering Industry Predictions for 2019

As the new year begins, we asked four of our colleagues at MFA to share their thoughts on the future of the environmental and engineering industry and the important issues our clients are facing. Here are their predictions for 2019—we hope…

Alistaire Clary, PE Engineering, Environmental