Environment and Engineering: Beyond Form and Survival

Published on Mon, 10/05/2020 - 13:44
Environmental and Engineering

A simple internet inquiry for the definition of ‘Environment’ can be summarized in one word: surroundings.  Dig a little deeper though, and the reality of the meaning behind the word ‘Environment’ means so much more. Merriam-Webster’s definition is quite a mouthful:  the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (such as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival.  This is where T-O Engineers comes in.

Every bridge replacement, airport runway re-alignment, water quality study, or transportation corridor installation happens somewhere -in the air, on the ground, in the water, and is subject to (what can be) a bewildering bevy of regulations, codes, guidelines, and agency oversight. The T-O Engineers Environmental Team’s extensive knowledge and experience is just right for navigating the nexus of client goals, agency requirements, and environmental conditions. 

Armed with maps, stakes, flagging, shovels, clipboards, nets, measuring tape, meters, or whatever the circumstances dictate (perhaps stock interest in outdoor clothing companies, particularly waterproof footwear) as well as a thirst for data, T-O’s environmental professionals and partners engage in expeditious intel gathering at any given project site. This information is then translated into wetland or biological assessments, reports on hazardous waste, impacts to air quality, effects on farmland, noise levels within a community, and so much more.

However, T-O’s environmental services are not self-contained within formalized reports referencing data points. They also include expertly managing the goals and expectations of a client, as well as those demanded by agencies, to address environmental needs. This requires open communication as well as a capacity to view collective environmental components as parts, and as parts of a whole, then demonstrating that kind of understanding by doing things like put together a mitigation plan that meets the parameters of the regulating agencies but recognizes that sedges have to be planted where they can get their feet wet and some decent substrate can go a long way toward the realization of fantastic fish habitat. 

Nobody gets away from ‘Environment.’ It is part of everything we do, wherever we are, and an essential element of consideration for any client’s project. From inception and design to development and the ultimate fruition of a project, T-O’s Environmental Team services provide the expertise necessary to move a client’s project beyond form and survival to success.


Eralee Jordan Eralee Jordan serves as an Biologist and Environmental Planner for T-O Engineers. Her resume includes a wide range of environmental experience from wetland delineation and bank stabilization to aquatic macroinvertebrate biomonitoring. Additionally, Eralee’s background in Education augments her strong technical writing and communication skills with a personal emphasis in making biological information accessible in presentation and writing to maximize understanding. You can contact Eralee via email: ejordan@to-engineers.com