Betts Joins R&M’s Fairbanks Office
R&M has expanded their service offerings in Fairbanks to include environmental services with the addition of Erica Betts.
Betts joins R&M as an environmental specialist focused on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance in their earth sciences department. She supplements the firm’s Anchorage-based environmental staff and be responsible for environmental compliance tasks, including NEPA impact analysis, regulatory permitting, environmental baseline monitoring, Phase I/II ESAs, storm water management, and other related office and field-based environmental services.
Betts has six years of experience as an environmental specialist in Alaska, as well as an additional six years of environmental research and field experience. She has provided agency coordination, environmental documentation preparation and permit acquisition for transportation and utility projects, as well as managed numerous environmental projects. In addition, she has more than fifteen years of GIS experience. Her diverse educational and professional background has made her particularly skilled at facilitating engineering design projects through the regulatory process. Her past project experience includes the Moose Creak Water Expansion, where she led agency coordination, permitting and environmental documentation as needed to satisfy CERCLA requirements for an interim remedial strategy to mitigate PFAS contamination.
Betts holds a bachelor’s in biology with a specialization in ecology, evolution and population biology from Purdue University, and masters’ in city/regional planning and civil engineering, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an Alaska Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead and is trained in Wetland Delineation and RCRA Hazardous Waste Management.
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Alaska Problems Require Alaska Solutions
On January 16, a fire destroyed the water plant and washeteria in the southwest Alaska village of Tuluksak. For the village of about 350 people, it was a devastating blow. The water plant was the only source of drinking water in the village, in which the primarily Yup’ik residents lack indoor plumbing and rely on honey buckets, not uncommon in the flat, swampy region.