By Joe Littlefield, program manager Maintaining the well-being of employees in the workplace is a fundamental component of a successful environmental health and safety program. An Industrial Hygiene (IH) assessment often plays a critical role in the development, implementation and maintenance of these plans. Industrial hygiene is defined by OSHA as "the practice of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers' injury or illness.&r... Read More
Posted by Carlee Smith at Mar 1
There’s an old saying that still rings true today: “The greenest building is the one already built.” While it may be every architect’s dream to design a building that stands out in a city’s skyline, we find there’s more to brag about when transforming an old building to look and feel new again. Our hometown of Memphis is full of history. Now, imagine if there was no fight to preserve many of these buildings from years past. While those stories would still e... Read More
Posted by Carlee Smith at Feb 1
by Chuck Thibault On Oct. 21, 2022, the Mississippi River reached a record low stage of -10.8 feet (173.2 feet NAVD88) at the Memphis Mississippi River Gage. While drought conditions leading to the low levels have eased, the record low stage highlights our dependence on precipitation and our vulnerability to drought. Additionally, when the low river level was visible, one could walk to the riverbank and see the low river levels.  Unlike the river, the groundwater beneath our feet is n... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Jan 3
As 2022 draws to a close, we like to look back on all we’ve accomplished this year as a team. It’s encouraging to witness Memphis’ revitalization, and it’s even more encouraging to be a part of it. Let’s take a look at our work throughout the past year. Wolf River Greenway Phase 14A In May 2022, the Wolf River Crossing, the largest pedestrian bridge over the Wolf River, opened to the public. Tioga provided environmental permitting and developed erosion co... Read More
Posted by Carlee Smith at Dec 1
By Karim Bouzeid, geologist Environmental rules and regulations bear an all too familiar resemblance to the seasons; they both tend to change. Last year, between July and Oct. 2021, major changes were enacted in the regulations for the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation’s Division of Underground Storage Tanks. It’s been one year – are your tanks in compliance with the current regulations? We can help answer that question. Let’s start with some... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Nov 1
Erosion is a continual issue in environmental science. Contributing factors include climate change, construction of new developments and other human activities. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, eroded soil endangers water resources by reducing water quality and causing siltation in aquatic habitats for local species. Repairs to sewer lines and stormwater drainage systems may also be more frequent as a result of erosion. In construction, improper clearing and grading can cause... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Oct 1
by Maggie Strom As I worry over whether this empty peanut butter container is clean enough, I thought it was finally time to put together a set of easy-to-follow directions on how to “Recycle Right” in Shelby County, Tennessee. It has gotten complicated over the past few years, and while I’ve recycled since I was a little kid, even I’m confused these days. In general, if you live in Shelby County, you can recycle the following containers, but remember the three keywo... Read More
Posted by Maggie Strom at Sep 6
We at Tioga prioritize safety in any workplace. Protocols should be in place to protect employees, not just to respond if and when injuries, or worse, occur. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s annual Safe + Sound Week is Aug. 15-21. The week is a reminder of how employers, project managers and site supervisors can proactively implement safety and health programs that identify and manage workplace hazards throughout the year.  In the long-term, workplace safety and... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Aug 1
by Ben Day, Senior Environmental Specialist In March 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act. This act provided $1.9 trillion in relief for state and local governments, hard-hit industries and communities targeted for funding a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan, delivering relief to working families, supporting struggling communities and protecting against future cyberattacks. Notable for Tioga’s clients, the ARP Act provides local governments and partnering developers an... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Jul 1